May 2, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center DeJuan Blair (45) celebrates during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Spurs 113-111. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

DeJuan Blair's future not with Dallas Mavericks


The Dallas Mavericks’ roster will once again be filled with new faces. Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, and Shane Larkin are in New York. Vince Carter is headed to the Memphis Grizzlies. now, it seems DeJuan Blair will also find a new home.

The Mavs are set to acquire big-man Greg Smith from the Chicago Bulls in the coming days. Smith, 23, offers rebounding and toughness down low, both Blair’s specialties. With the acquisition and limited cap room, it’s safe to say that Blair’s future won’t be in Big-D.

Early reports seem to confirm these thoughts.

Blair, 25, had a productive season for the Mavs. In his lone season with the team, he averaged 6.4 poitns, 4.7 rebounds, and .8 steals in 78 games (13 starts).

In the Mavs first round showdown against the state-rival San Antonio Spurs, Blair stepped it up against his former team. In six games, he averaged 6.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2 steals.

In the game 4 93-89 loss, he would be ejected for his kick to Tiago Splitter. He would be suspended for game 5, a game the Mavs would lose 109-103.

During his 5-year career, Blair has averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Excluding Smith, Brandan Wright is the only Mavs big man behind Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki.


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