Thursday, February 21, 2008

Joe Smith and Juan Dixon Traded (not for each other)

Today was the NBA trade deadline, and Joe Smith (1993-95) and Juan Dixon (1998-2002) were among the players that switched teams. Earlier in the day, I saw a rumor that they could be traded for each other, which would have been cool, but it didn't happen.

In a complex 11-player, 3-team deal that I can't explain any clearer than does, Joe Smith was traded from Chicago to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland's press release says this about Smith:
Smith, a 12-year veteran, has played in 50 games (35 starts) for Chicago this season and has averaged 11.2 points on .466 shooting and 5.3 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game. In 866 games (611 starts), he has career averages of 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Meanwhile, a little bit to the north, Juan Dixon was dealt from Toronto to the Detroit Pistons. From the aforelinked press release:
Dixon teamed with Steve Blake and Chris Wilcox to lead Maryland to the 2002 NCAA title and was a first-round draft choice of the Washington Wizards that season. He played three years with the Wizards before signing with Portland as a free agent prior to the 2005-06 season. In his first year with the Trail Blazers, Dixon had his best NBA season, averaging 12.3 points a game.

This makes the second straight year Dixon was dealt at the trade deadline, being sent to Toronto last Feb. 22 in a deal for Fred Jones and cash.

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