Mavericks get big man help by signing Blair to a contract

By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

DeJuan Blair started his career with the San Antonio Spurs.

DeJuan Blair

DeJuan Blair

But, now, Blair will be joining one of the Spurs in-state rivals. Blair has signed with the Dallas Mavericks, but official terms of the deal are not immediately known.

Blair gives the Mavericks a big man that they were trying to acquire earlier this month when they attempted to sign Dwight Howard. But he would eventually would chose to join the Houston Rockets over the Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Blair is expected to back up both the center and power forward positions. He would also allow Shawn Marion to focus on his natural small forward position and not have to worry about competing against power forwards anymore.

He had a quiet bench role for the Spurs. But now, with his expanded role and expected increase in time, he could show his potential that was only seen in spurts in San Antonio.

He spent the past four seasons with the Spurs. The first two years, he played in 80 or more games, but the last two seasons, he only played in 60 plus games.

He has appeared in 61 and 64 games, respectively, over the past two years. He had 5.4 points per game and 3.8 rebounds in 14 minutes last year.

He averaged a career-high 7 points in the 2010-11 season.

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