Blair, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game in 2012, could be an intriguing option for the Sixers because of how similar — and different— the former second-round pick is to Brand.
Size-wise, Blair is more than capable of handling power forward duties. At 6-foot-7, 265 pounds, he has a similar frame to the 6-foot-8, 275-pound Brand.
Yet, at 23, Blair, despite concerns about his knees coming out of Pitt, has fresher legs and is much less injury prone than the 33-year-old Brand. Blair has missed only three games in his career.
And financially, the move would make sense too. Amnestying Brand freed up cap space for the Sixers, and Blair is set to be paid only $1.05 million in 2012, making him an extremely affordable asset.