NBA Trade Rumors: Best Landing Spots for DeJuan Blair

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2012

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It appears that the San Antonio Spurs are looking to deal power forward DeJuan Blair

Blair himself told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he is being shopped around by his team, saying:

"Hopefully, I stay a Spur, but if it doesn't happen, life moves on. They've got me on the trade market and they'll do the best to get me in the greatest situation possible."

Blair is handling himself well for a player that is coming off of his best season in his career and has proven that he can be a steady contributor on a good team. The 6'7" forward started 62 of 64 games that he played in for the Spurs last season and posted career highs in points per game.

Despite the solid season, the Spurs seem to be ready to move the big man in favor adding a draft pick. With the addition of Boris Diaw along with Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan, the Spurs have a surplus of talent at the 4, and moving Blair seems to be the logical move to clear that up.

Blair is a player that could help out a lot of teams in the NBA and as he said, the Spurs will do their best to put him in a good position to succeed. Here are the best landing spots for Blair.


Golden State Warriors

It's important to remember that Blair is now in the last year of his rookie deal, so he doesn't necessarily need to fit in with his new team in the long term for it to be a good situation. 

The Warriors would be a great fit for Blair in terms of his role with the team and the team's needs. 

With David Lee starting at the 4, Blair might not be able to land a starting job with the Warriors, but he would bring a toughness and inside presence that the Warriors currently don't have. Blair could also serve as a good mentor for rookie Draymond Green, as both entered the NBA as undersized forwards with good college resumes.

Blair wouldn't be a star for the Warriors, but it would give him a great opportunity to showcase his leadership skills and ability to carve out a niche with any team.


Sacramento Kings

The Kings are a team that could really use a player like Blair. The current roster is filled with scorers and offensive-minded players that could use a stabilizing defender such as Blair.

While Demarcus Cousins and rookie power forward Thomas Robinson will likely take up a big portion of the minutes in the post, Blair would make a great backup that can come in and defend a wide range of players. With Blair's combination of size and athleticism, he can guard 3's 4's and 5's, which would make him the most versatile defender on the entire Kings roster.

The Kings may not win near as much as Blair's former team, but they would really offer him the chance to shine and play a large role with a team.


Washington Wizards

Blair could go from one of the oldest and most accomplished teams in the NBA to one of its most exciting and young teams. 

The Wizards have a roster full of young talents with exciting futures, and the addition of DeJuan Blair would give the Wizards another exciting young talent to build with. With Nene and Emeka Okafor playing the role of elder statesmen in the frontcourt, Blair could team up with Jan Vesely to give the Wizards some youth off the bench at the position.

Blair comes from a winning culture in San Antonio and the Wizards are a team that will need to learn to win. Blair's experience as a Spur and his skill set could prove to be invaluable for a Wizards team trying to become a playoff contender.