Looks like Washington isn't done making moves. After dealing for Kris Humphries yesterday, the Wizards continue to bolster their front court, this time by acquiring DeJuan Blair from the Dallas Mavericks in a sign and trade.
Wizards staying busy: ESPN sources say Washington and Dallas Mavericks on course to finalize DeJuan Blair sign-and-trade deal later today— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 16, 2014
DeJuan Blair signed in Dallas for minimum last season, made big playoff contribution and now Mavs trying to help him w/no room to keep him— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 16, 2014
DC!! ✔️™— DeJuan Blair (@DeJuan45) July 16, 2014
Washington did extend a qualifying offer to Kevin Seraphin earlier in the month, so it's likely they rescind it in order to make room in the front court. The fit is a little strange since both Blair and Humphries do a lot of their work in the paint, but it helps that Humphries played so well toward the end of last season as an undersized center. He shot the ball at an extremely high clip last season, which should alleviate any concerns over floor spacing.
And it'll be interesting to see what this means for Al Harrington, who just recently expressed a desire to continue his playing career. Washington knew they couldn't go into this season relying on an aging front court, and they've eased those concerns in a big way in the past 24 hours. They now have 12 players under contract, not including Garrett Temple who appears to be coming back as well.
DeJuan Blair's deal with Washington will be three-years, $6M -- with a team option on third year, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 16, 2014