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Former Pitt Star DeJuan Blair Signs To Play In Russia During NBA Lockout

San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair became the latest NBA star to sign a contract to play overseas during the NBA lockout. I mentioned last week over at Cardiac Hill that the possibility existed for the former Pitt star to head there and this weekend, it became official:

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The trend of NBA players looking for work overseas continues as former University of Pittsburgh stand out and now San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair has signed a one-year contract with the Russian team Krasnye Krylya Samara.

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In 2010, the Russian team included several former NBA players on its roster including Gerald Green, Aaron Miles, and West Virginia's Joe Alexander.
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Like most players signing overseas deals, Blair will use the time to stay in shape and earn a little extra cash. As expected, his contract also has a clause that will allow him to return to the Spurs should the NBA resume play and end the lockout.
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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.