DALLAS -- After flirting with DeJuan Blair for about three weeks, the Dallas Mavericks finally signed the San Antonio Spurs' free agent center/forward to a one-year contract Wednesday for approximately $1 million.
The signing of Blair gives the Mavs 15 players -- the NBA maximum -- under contract.
Blair has career averages of 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game. The 6-7, 270-pounder has played his entire four-year career with the Spurs after being a second-round pick from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009.
From 2010-'12, Blair started 127 of a possible 145 games for the Spurs and wound up averaging 8.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. But he fell out of favor with coach Gregg Popovich this past season when he played just 14 minutes per game while averaging 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Blair will be counted on to help the Mavs in the middle where Samuel Dalembert is expected to start at center, while Brandan Wright and Bernard James will also get some time off the bench.
The Mavs missed out on free agents Dwight Howard and Greg Oden this summer, and instead wound up with Dalembert and Blair.
-- Dwain Price
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