Danny Ainge has a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. In addition to filling a gap in the Boston backcourt, the C’s are also in need of another useful body in the front court, preferably someone who can help in the rebounding department with Jared Sullinger sidelined. That’s why it did not come as a complete surprise to see Chris Broussard of ESPN.com report the Celtics’ interest in 23-year-old DaJuan Blair:
SA offered D Blair to Detroit but nothing. Hear Boston, Miami, Portland could have interest.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 12, 2013
Blair has been in and out of the rotation all season for the Spurs, averaging 5.2 ppg and 4.0 rpg for San Antonio in 39 games on 48% shooting, a career low for him. He’s undersized at 6-7, but rebounds well for his position with strong rates on both the offensive and defensive glass in the rebounding department. Defensively, his size and lack of speed make him a bit of a liability.
He’s also in the last year of his deal for the Spurs, earning 1.5 million dollars this season. Could the C’s use him? In a heartbeat. The bigger question is whether they have anything useful to offer the Spurs. Despite being left on the bench in most games, Blair is a pretty useful NBA player that San Antonio isn’t going to give away.
Knowing this, the C’s are very limited in what they could offer. For salary matching purposes, they could offer Barbosa, along with a second round pick and throw some cash in as well, but I’m not sure that’s enough to get San Antonio to bite. I doubt Danny is ready to give up on Fab Melo so early so he’s off the table in a deal for Blair and virtually everyone else on the C’s roster is needed, given how few healthy bodies the team has right now.
All things considered, while the C’s may be asking for Blair, I don’t think they have enough assets they are willing to do to get something done, unless San Antonio is only looking for some cash in a deal.