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Dallas Mavericks sign DeJuan Blair

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The Dallas Mavericks have continued their summer recruitment drive with the signing of versatile forward DeJuan Blair.

Blair, 24, who was selected 37th overall by the San Antonio Spurs during the 2009 NBA draft, became a free agent this summer after leaving Gregg Popovich's beaten finalists following the expiration of his contract. 

He has reportedly signed a one-year contract at American Airlines Center and will be expected to compete with Brandan Wright and fellow newcomer Samuel Dalembert for the starting center spot that was vacated after Chris Kaman opted to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Blair averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds during his four-year stint in San Antonio. 

It has been an eventful off-season so far in Dallas, with owner Mark Cuban keen to radically revitalise an ageing roster who failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since the turn of the millennium.

Along with the additions of forwards Blair and Dalembert, the Mavericks have also sought to significantly boost their backcourt options. 

Veteran point guard Jose Calderon has arrived after leaving the Detroit Pistons, while free agents Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, first-round draft pick Shane Larkin and Israeli guard Gal Mekel have all joined the franchise. 

Despite the wholesale changes though, owner Mark Cuban did suffer the disappointment of missing out on his primary target - the Lakers' unsettled defensive powerhouse Dwight Howard - who instead opted for a move to state rivals Houston. 

 

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