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.

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