WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Wizards are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks that would bring power forward DeJuan Blair to Washington, D.C., according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Blair, 25, is a five-year veteran taken 37th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, who spent his first four seasons in San Antonio, before playing out the 2013-14 season with the Mavs.
An interesting note: The Wizards had the opportunity to select Blair 32nd overall in 2009, but instead traded the pick (Jermaine Taylor, no longer in the league) to Houston for cash considerations. That was the same draft in which the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Ricky Rubio, after acquiring the 5th overall pick from Washington for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.
According to Blair’s Twitter account, the deal may already be finalized.
Blair is a traditional banger, who maximized his limited minutes last season, averaging 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in only 15.6 minutes per game.
He’s averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 total rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game over the course of his career.