Wizards to acquire DeJuan Blair in sign-and-trade from Dallas

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The Wizards continue to have a very nice off-season. They lost Trevor Ariza but brought in more versatile scoring with Paul Pierce, they retained Marcin Gortat, they got some quality depth up front with Kris Humphries, Otto Porter has looked much better at Summer League, not to mention Bradley Beal and John Wall are still developing.

Now you can add DeJuan Blair to that list.

The Wizards are going to add a nice bench big to their list with a little help from Dallas. Blair himself confirmed it on twitter:

Marc Stein at ESPN  broke the story and J. Michael at CSNWashington.com confirmed it.

With Dallas bringing in Tyson Chandler and Greg Smith to the front line, there wouldn’t be minutes for Blair. It is likely a second round pick headed back to Dallas in the deal.

For Washington, they pick up a big man who played 15 minutes of solid ball for the Mavericks each game last year, scoring 6.4 points a game with a good .557 true shooting percentage and grabbing 17.5 percent of the available rebounds when on the court. He is a great role player off the bench.

Washington might be the third best team in the East on paper heading into the season, and one with a year of playoff experience under its belt (plus it added Pierce, who has a ring).