Heat Trade Rumors: Miami Smart to Target DeJuan Blair from San Antonio Spurs

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

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Since the big three established themselves in Miami, the weakest aspect of the Miami Heat has always been the center position.

Realizing they need to bolster the 5 spot, ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that Miami is among a few teams that have expressed interest in San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair:

Blair has been bogged down by injuries this season and has seen Tiago Splitter eat up most of the minutes at center.

Blair is currently averaging 5.2 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game in less than 14 minutes of work.

In just his fourth year in the NBA, Blair is a guy who could come to Miami and immediately make an impact as a role player behind Udonis Haslem at the 5 spot.

Blair averages eight points and six rebounds per game for his career, and since he's been a member of the Spurs for four years, has postseason experience that can aid Miami in its title pursuit.

The 6'7" center doesn't have an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in either of his knees, which may scare off some of his suitors, but he's been pretty durable in the NBA.

Blair played in all 82 games during his rookie season, 81 during his sophomore campaign in 2010-11 and 64 in last year's lockout-shortened season.

Playing for Pittsburgh in college, Blair was named Big East Player of the Year in 2009, when he averaged 15.7 PPG and 12.3 RPG.

The acquisition of Blair would be an immediate upgrade over Joel Anthony, especially on offense.

Miami would likely need to part with three-point specialist James Jones to acquire Blair, but with Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and LeBron James shooting it well from downtown this season, the Heat can afford to sacrifice threes for a big man.

There are a handful of teams showing interest in the fourth-year man, but Miami has to be the most intriguing place for the 23-year-old to land.


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