Dollars and Sense: DeJuan Blair

The NBA is about competition on the floor, but it’s also about dollars and cents. Teams now must find players that can outperform deals they’re signed to and use them as assets on the floor or as assets to flip in order to acquire a game-changing piece. ESPNDallas.com will grade how the Dallas Mavericks fared in terms of contracts of their new acquisitions.

DeJuan Blair: Signed to a guaranteed one-year, $844,293 contract.

With nothing left to offer to players other than veteran minimum deals, Dallas found a nice surprise in Blair. The exiled Spur is actually being paid $947,907, the salary for a four-year veteran, but the league is paying the remaining amount over 884,293 due to rules in the collective bargaining agreement.

On its own, that amount of money saved really doesn’t make much of a difference, but it’s a sign of a Maverick-like move in the sense that the team made the most of the resources they had left.

It’s been discussed that Blair’s minutes were down last year in San Antonio, but Dallas hopes a chip on his shoulder and bitter feelings lead to a nice one-year bargain as the Mavs continue to reload.

The Spurs are an organization that rarely makes mistakes. The Mavs are hoping their rivals down south made a big one. At 24 and with experience under his belt, it’s still possible that the best days of basketball for Blair are ahead of him. At the league minimum, this is a lottery ticket that you can feel relatively good about purchasing.

Grade: A-