Mark Blount
43-Year-Old CenterC
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Re-signed with the Celtics in July of 2004, reportedly for $42 million over six years. Traded to Miami in October of 2007; Traded to Minnesota in Aug. 2009. Waived by the Timberwolves in March 2010.
CFree Agent
March 1, 2010
The Timberwolves will waive Blount on Monday, ESPN.com reports.
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Securing his release before Monday's midnight deadline means Blount will be able to play for someone else in the playoffs, if he can find a new job. Players currently on NBA rosters must be released by midnight in order to retain their playoff eligibility for another team.
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You would think someone 7 feet tall would put up huge numbers, especially on the glass. Well that is not the case with Blount. His career rebounding average of 4.7 boards per game is less than impressive. Not to mention his less than a block per game average. The good news here is that the Heat are not all that deep at Center, and with the return of Alonzo Mourning still in question, somebody has to patrol the paint. Best case, Mourning decides to retire and Blount gets the majority of the starts at center and puts up stats similar to what he has done throughout his career.
He'll get the bulk of minutes for the T-Wolves at center. He's got a nice mid-range jumper but doesn't produce on the glass with just 6.7 rebounds per game despite a career-high 31 minutes per game last season. He's a better value in fantasy than real life since he's a good bet to shoot over 50 percent from the floor and over 70 percent from the free-throw line.
Blount has developed into a good scorer around the basket, and has a nice mid-range jumper, but it’s positively maddening that he doesn’t get more rebounds. Or play a lot of defense. Or not take nights off from time to time. His only competition at this time is Eddie Griffin, who has to work out some personal problems before head coach Dwane Casey turns to him. Blount hits his free throws and has a career field goal percentage over 50 percent, so he will give you value, but consistent production from Blount remains elusive.
Blount was a disappointment after signing a six-year deal with the Celtics prior to the 2004-05 season. With developing power forward Al Jefferson in need of more playing time, the center position will become crowded. Raef LaFrentz, who outplayed Blount last season, will see more time at center to give Jefferson minutes at the four. Training camp will determine the starter, but we’re betting on LaFrentz.
Blount picked the right year for a breakout. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, the 28-year-old erstwhile journeyman cashed in to the tune of six years and $42 million. That contract may outlive his usefulness, but Blount will be a nightly fixture in the starting lineup this year. Once Boston settled on him in the low post, he averaged 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds in 33.7 minutes per game after the All-Star break. He was second among centers, hitting 56.6 percent of his field goals and has a not too terrible career free throw accuracy of 72.5 percent. If point guard Gary Payton eventually reports to Boston - and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and new coach Doc Rivers say he will – Blount may become more of an offensive threat. The team is lopsided toward the backcourt, and Paul Pierce is still the numero uno option on offense, but Blount is the only threat up front for Boston. After Pierce, he’ll fight for shots with Jiri Welsch and whenever Ricky Davis is in the game. Blount’s proved to be a very coachable player in the past with a good work ethic. His 48-minute career averages project very nicely, suggesting he can sustain the level of production he achieved last year with increased minutes.
Upon returning to the Celtics mid-way through last season, coach Jim O'Brien gave Blount an opportunity to play. He averaged 19.2 minutes in Boston and gave the team quality depth (4.4 rebounds) where Vin Baker could not. He's a serviceable NBA center, but probably not worthy of a fantasy roster spot.
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CFree Agent
October 26, 2009
Blount did not agree to a buyout with Minnesota and hasn't found a team to trade for the $7.9 million left on his contract, so technically he'll remain on Minnesota's roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. However, he won't travel with the team or participate in any team activities.
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CMinnesota Timberwolves
September 23, 2009
The Timberwolves have given Blount's agent permission to seek a new team, the Associated Press reports. Blount will not report to training camp next week or participate in the preseason for Minnesota.
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CMinnesota Timberwolves
August 13, 2009
Blount has been traded to the Timberwolves in exchange for Quentin Richardson, the Pioneer Press reports.
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CMiami Heat
Personal
April 16, 2009
Blount will miss the first two games of the Heat's playoff series against the Hawks, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
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CMiami Heat
Personal
March 16, 2009
Blount rejoined the Heat after missing eight games for personal reasons.
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