DeJuan Blair finished his fourth season with the Spurs as a restricted free agent, but after falling out of the rotation in San Antonio and with the Spurs not looking to match any offers he may have received, Blair might has well have been unrestricted this summer.
The offers weren’t exactly pouring in, despite Blair’s respectable level of offensive production.
He did eventually find a home though, signing with the Mavericks on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary of $884,293 on Wednesday.
Blair will have his opportunities to show what he can do in Dallas in order to try to earn himself a longer-term deal for next season and beyond. He’s proven to be a good rebounder but has historically been a liability on the defensive end, and playing the power forward or even the center position as part of a smaller lineup, that’s not something most teams can afford to deal with for more than a few minutes at a time.
Blair averaged 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14 minutes per game for the Spurs last season. With his signing complete, the Mavericks roster now stands at the league maximum of 15 players.