Wizards Acquire DeJuan Blair
Posted on July 16, 2014
by Wizards PR
Veteran Will Provide Frontcourt Depth
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has
acquired center DeJuan Blair from Dallas. Washington will send Dallas
the rights to Emir Preldzic, a 2009 second round draft pick, who was
acquired in the three-team Antawn Jamison trade in
February of 2010.
gives us a tough inside presence who
can score and rebound at both frontcourt positions," said Grunfeld. "His
addition makes our bench even deeper and will allow us to be flexible
with our lineups."
In five seasons with San Antonio and Dallas, Blair has appeared in 366 career
regular season games (179 starts) while averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.
He has shot .529 from the field and has 36 career double-doubles. His
most productive season was in 2010-11 when he averaged 8.3 points and
7.0 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. Last season with Dallas, Blair
appeared in 78 games (13 starts) and averaged 6.4
points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game.
former Pittsburgh standout has appeared in 42 career postseason games
with San Antonio and Dallas. During the 2014 playoffs with the
Mavericks, the 6-7 big averaged 6.7 points and 6.2 rebounds, helping
Dallas force San Antonio to seven games in the first round. He holds
career playoff averages of 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in
8.9 minutes per contest. Blair signed with Dallas as a free agent on
August 7, 2013. He was originally selected by San Antonio in the second
overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
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