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Proposed Deal: San Antonio Spurs sign-and-trade DeJuan Blair to the Washington Wizards for Jan Vesely
There may be a few hurdles to clear, but a sign-and-trade between the San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards involving DeJuan Blair feels like a move that would be beneficial for both parties.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards have shown interest in Blair but will likely need to acquire him via a sign-and-trade due to the team's cap inflexibility:
The Spurs have shown a willingness to assist Blair in finding a team without the salary-cap space to sign him, but it's unclear if any Wizards assets appeal to San Antonio.
The Wizards don't have the cap space to sign Blair for anything above the veteran's minimum.
Looking at Washington's roster, it's easy to see why the Spurs may not want to do business with the Wizards. However, with Blair set to depart, San Antonio would be wise to accrue a young asset with potential if presented with such an opportunity.
Chris Singleton, 23, is one feasible option, but there's no harm in the Spurs taking a shot on former No. 6 overall pick Jan Vesely, the 6'11'' Czech with freakish athleticism.
Vesely has been a massive disappointment since being drafted in 2011, but with the Spurs in win-now mode, they're able to take their time in developing the 23-year-old should they believe he's worth the moderate risk.
As for Blair, the rotund 6'7'', 265-pound center would help provide an added punch to the Wizards frontcourt. A rebounding machine (11.1 per 36 minutes for his career), Blair could develop into a force on the glass a la J.J. Hickson if granted enough playing time.