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Pistons turned down trade for Spurs’ DeJuan Blair

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

SA offered D Blair to Detroit but nothing. Hear Boston, Miami, Portland could have interest.

The only one-for-one trades for Blair would send either Kyle Singler or Viacheslav Kravtsov to San Antonio. The Pistons also have an open roster spot and a trade exception to absorb Blair (from the Ben Gordon trade).

I wouldn’t trade Singler for Blair, and I doubt the Spurs would accept just Kravtsov.

The trade involving the exception is most intriguing, but the biggest obstacle is the luxury tax. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

A few players have performance bonuses that could be attained, so taking on another salary could push them near luxury-tax territory, something owner Tom Gores wants no part of.

The Pistons are currently $1,256,656 under the luxury-tax line, and Blair makes $1,054,000. I don’t know how much in performance bonuses current Pistons could achieve or how likely they are to achieve them, but I doubt the Pistons would risk crossing the tax line for a player as marginal as Blair.

Of course, which pick(s) would be involved would also play significantly to any potential trade.

Blair will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, and I’m not sure how much value there is in giving up an asset to acquire him now. Sure, a chance for both sides to assess each other up close for the rest of the season could be helpful and the ability to offer 7.5 percent, rather than 4.5 percent, raises in the summer could pay dividends. But I don’t think the ability to give someone with no ACLs a five-year, rather than four-year, contract helps much.

The Pistons don’t have a proven backup center under contract past this season to play behind Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, and Blair could fill that role. But, if the Pistons want him, they’re probably better off waiting until this summer to sign him.


  • Feb 12, 20139:58 am
    by mixmasta


    This is a good decline overall. It would be beneficial if we’re a contender this year.

  • Feb 12, 201310:09 am
    by Diab


    The Pistons do not need another undersized PF, they already have one on their roster (Maxiel). It is the very same reason they passed on him in the draft in favor of Dajuan Summer.

  • Feb 12, 201310:17 am
    by Jacob


    I would rather see us trading for young talent with potential.

  • Feb 12, 201310:19 am
    by Domnick


    Is that it? Only blair?

  • Feb 12, 201310:22 am
    by Big Rick


    Yeah, not feeling this trade. Now if it was for Tiago Splitter, different story. 

  • Feb 12, 201310:28 am
    by Jacob


    We need an athletic 2/3 that can score. Bottom line. There are too many nights when this team just doesn’t compete well.

  • Feb 12, 201311:11 am
    by Mr.BlockedShot


    I would trade Blair for Maxiell if it was the case, no doubt. But no way we trade Singler plus Slava for Blair. Singler has the potential for being a decent solid player, not achieving big numbers but constant production every game. Hopefully Joe D addresses our needs (SG and a PF) before the deadline.  

  • Feb 12, 20131:59 pm
    by apa8ren9


    Meet the new owner, just like the old owner.   I dont believe that this is incorrect thinking, but this way of doing business certainly explains why the Pistons do what they do most times.

  • Feb 12, 20133:40 pm
    by Jon M


    How about if we had just drafted Blair instead of DAJUAN SUMMERS a few years back. Good lord. But at this point Dajuan doesn’t really fit on our team especially a team focusing on long term growth.

  • Feb 13, 201312:22 am
    by Otis


    Tell me more about this trade exception. Is it because Gordon made a few mil more than Maggette? I’m familiar with trade exceptions going to teams who unload a big salary player without taking on money, but I didn’t know they existed for such a marginal difference in salary.

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