If the Golden State Warriors could only acquire one more piece to their roster this offseason, it would be a tough, defensive-minded player in the post. With very little money to work with in free agency, one more acquisition could very well be all the team can afford. An intriguing trade option that has recently come up would be a deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors have an interest in acquiring Spurs big man DeJuan Blair. The team's former starting center until the arrival of Boris Diaw in late March last season, Blair averaged 9.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 150 starts over his three-year career. While Blair started nearly every game at center for the Spurs in the regular season last season, Blair fell out of favor for the Spurs in the postseason and played sparingly against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Now enters a Warriors team looking for a tough and physical interior presence that can align to coach Mark Jackson and the team's desire to bolster the intensity on defense. Thompson says that the Warriors are interested in what Blair could bring as the primary backup to David Lee and Andrew Bogut despite lacking in the athleticism department and apparently declining in production.
One big hurdle affecting a potential deal between the two teams is that the Spurs want a first-round pick in exchange for Blair. In this situation, the Warriors do not have and would not be willing to give up said pick but would be interested in acquiring him if the price comes down. At the trade deadline last season, these two teams made a deal in where the Warriors sent recently-acquired Stephen Jackson to the Spurs for the bulky contract of Richard Jefferson and a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, which was used for Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli.
With the promising addition of a bigger interior defender in Ezeli, acquiring Blair, particularly for the price of a first-round pick, is too high for the team. As the offseason continues and the Spurs continue to look for trade partners, perhaps Blair's price does go down since the team recently re-signed Diaw to a two-year, $9.2 million contract and is looking to get value for a player who is disgruntled with his position on the team.
If the Warriors can acquire Blair for a second-round pick, he'd be a solid addition to the Warriors' hopes for frontcourt depth. If the price continues to stay too high, they are better off looking to use their remaining cap space in free agency for filling their final pressing need.
DeJuan Blair Split Stats Career, Yahoo! Sports
Blair thinks his days as a Spur are numbered, projectspurs.com
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