Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Nik Caner-Medley Signs with German Team

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06), who had been sitting out since last summer while stress fractures in his left foot healed, is finally healthy and signed to a pro team. Caner-Medley was signed for the rest of the season last week by the Artland Dragons of Quackenbrueck, Germany. Initially, it was reported that this was a one-week try-out, but the team said in its press release that he was actually signed through the end of the season.

Here's basically what the press release says, thanks my own editing of the Google Translation:
Nik Caner Medley becomes new Dragon.

Contrary to yesterday's press release from the Dragons, the 23 year-old US forward is under contract through the end of the season. Dragons managing director Marko Beens explains: "Regrettably, yesterday we sent an incorrect press release due to internal misunderstandings. The fact is that our agreement with Nik does not contain a try-out phase, and he is under contract with us effective immediately."

"We think that Nik can help us at the forward position," believes Chris Fleming. "He provides us with size in proximity of the basket, is a strong left-handed shooter, and has good ball control."

Niklas Anthony Caner Medley, the full name of the Dragons' new acquisition, was born October 20, 1983 in Beverly, Massachusetts and played for Maine's Deering High School. After the conclusion of high school, the 2.03 meter, 106 kilogram forward went to the University of Maryland (NCAA D-1), where he played four seasons for the Terrapins, and saw increased production from season to season.

After 12.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in his Sophomore year (2003/2004), the 23 year-old scored 16 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game in the following year. In his final year (2005/2006), the left-hander made a strong impression with 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, and by the end in his senior year played his way into the notebooks of various NBA scouts. In summer 2006, Caner-Medley played for the Detroit Pistons' Vegas Summer League team and had a good chance to be drafted, but a foot injury hurt the NBA plans of the American. Meanwhile, the injury healed and Nik Caner-Medley looks forward to playing with the Dragons for his first overseas playing experience.

And now, one of my favorite recurring features of this blog, snippets of the un-edited Google Translation!
Niklas Anthony Caner Medley, as the Dragons new acquisition with full name is called, saw the light of the world on 20 October 1983 in Beverly, Massachusetts and visited in haven country, Maine the Deering Highschool. After conclusion went the 2.03 meters large and 106 kilograms heavy forward on the University OF Maryland (NCAA 1), where it over-touched four play times the leotard of the Terrapins ("water turtles") and from season to season increased.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Juan Dixon Traded to Toronto

Yesterday, just before the NBA trade deadline, Juan Dixon (1998-2002) was traded to the Toronto Raptors from the Portland Trailblazers:
Dixon, 28, is averaging 8.9 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 22.6 minutes in 51 games this season, his fifth in the NBA.

A reliable three-point shooter, he has connected on 36.4 per cent of his field-goal attempts from beyond the arc.

"Juan has proven he belongs in this league," Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said. "And we will see how he affects our team.

"We will see if he is a factor in our plans. But we certainly look forward to giving him every opportunity to break into the rotation and see where it takes us."

No one in Portland was surprised that Dixon was traded, as his name had been floating around in trade rumors leading up to the trade deadline. The only suspense over the past week was where his destination would be:
In his third year in Portland Dixon has seen his minutes drop (22 from 25 last year) and his starts minimized (started 42 games last season and only 1 thus far) all while averaging 9 points per game as a backup to Brandon Roy who is the new proprietor in the Blazers backcourt. The writing was on the wall from the start of the season. And knowing what a true professional Dixon is, he embraced his role of Nate McMillan's bench for the betterment of the team.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Gilchrist and McCray join the NBA-DL

John Gilchrist (2002-2005) and Chris McCray (2002-2006) both joined the NBA Developmental League on the same day last week. Gilchrist signed with the LA D-Fenders, while McCray signed with the Dakota Wizards.
The Dakota Wizards and the Los Angeles D-Fenders made roster moves today, both acquiring former University of Maryland guards. The Wizards acquired Chris McCray, a 6-5, 192-pound rookie, who was released by the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 4 after appearing in five games this season. Los Angeles acquired former Terrapin John Gilchrist, who had summer league stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2005) and the Denver Nuggets (2006). An early entrant that went undrafted following his junior season at Maryland, Gilchrist, 6-3, 201, has been playing in Israel and France the last two seasons.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Byron Mouton To ABA's Wilmington

Byron Mouton (2000-02) signed with a new team over the weekend, the Wilmington Sea Dogs of the ABA (that's the Wilmington in North Carolina, not Delaware).

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Drew Nicholas Video

Here's a video from YouTube of Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) hitting a crazy game-winning shot from the scorer's table for his former Italian club, Benetton, last spring: