The Texas Legends have acquired former Mavericks power forward DeJuan Blair off waivers after he parted ways with the Jiangsu Monkey King of the Chinese Basketball Association, per Chris Reichert. Blair averaged 24.1 points and 13.6 rebounds in 10 games during his stint in China but was cut by the team in late November.
The Texas Legends of the NBA D-League have acquired former NBA PF DeJuan Blair off waivers #NBADL— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) January 16, 2017
In 2013-14, Blair’s lone season with the Mavericks, he was a valuable bench player, putting up 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He was actually crucial in two playoff victories against his former team, the San Antonio Spurs, including an impressive 10 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals in a Game 5 win. Blair was a crowd favorite with his gritty style and willingness to play his role whenever called upon.
This likely won’t impact the Mavericks going forward this year; Blair will probably play out the rest of the season with the Legends without getting a call up to the NBA, unless something catastrophic happens with the Dallas frontcourt.
For now, we can just sit back and remember one of his best performances as a Maverick in that Game 5 win against the Spurs.