Sunday, July 19, 2009

Blair and Fields Get Their Deals Miles Apart

Good news for both DeJuan Blair and Levance Fields as both signed contracts.

Blair gets his guaranteed deal as a 2nd round draft pick with the Spurs.

Blair, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound forward who turned professional after his sophomore season with the Panthers only to fall into the second round of the NBA draft, signed his first professional contract yesterday with the San Antonio Spurs.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but according to a source familiar with the negotiations, Blair signed a four-year contract worth almost $4 million dollars. Three of those years are guaranteed with guaranteed money approaching $3 million.

Also, here's a video press conference with the San Antonio media.

Good for him. Despite all of the feelings about thinking he may have been better served staying, he's worked his butt off to get to this point. Here's hoping for a good career as well as some early playing time for him.

Meanwhile, Fields gets his own deal, but in Russia:

Before the dust had settled from a disappointing experience with the Orlando Magic's NBA summer league team, Levance Fields already was seeking another chance to return to the court.

It didn't take long for the former Pitt point guard to get an assist from a Russian Super League team.

Fields, who last season helped Pitt to its first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance, has signed a multiyear contract with Sparta St. Petersburg, said his agent, Keith Glass.

The deal includes an opt-out clause to leave for the NBA if he gets an offer. Glad to see him land somewhere after a somewhat disappointing Summer League.

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