Thursday, July 28, 2005

NBA: Juan Dixon headed to Portland

Area favorite and Baltimore product Juan Dixon will take his basketball career out of the Batlimore-Washington area for the first time, as he has agreed to a three-year contract worth about $8 million from the Portland Trail Blazers, the Washington Post reported.

Dixon, who played high school ball at Calvert Hall in Baltimore and then led the University of Maryland to its only NCAA basketball championship in 2002, was drafted 17th overall by the Wizards in that same year.

Dixon played in Washington for three seasons, averaging 18.1 minutes and starting 23 games. In the 2004-2005 season, Dixon averaged eight points and 1.8 assists per game while averaging under 17 minutes.

It is also expected that former Maryland guard Steve Blake will head elsewhere, as the Wizards have a plethora of guards with the acquisitions of Caron Butler, Chucky Atkins and Antonio Daniels.

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