Monday, September 29, 2008

Juan Dixon Back in DC

Last week, I was on vacation for the biggest ex-Terp news of the off-season: Juan Dixon (1998-2002), signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards. Hopefully one of the many local newspapers or other Terp blogs from my sidebar over there on the right filled you in on the news in my absence.

Juan says he's excited and feels "comfortable" here in DC, but he won't be wearing #3 on his jersey:
Dixon won't wear the No. 3 he sported during his earlier, three-year stint with the Wizards -- that number is now the property of two-time all-star forward Caron Butler -- but even in choosing new digits, Dixon will be going back to his roots.

"Nah, I can't get that number back, but I'm going to go back to number 12, where it all started," Dixon said of the number he wore while starring at Baltimore's Calvert Hall High School. [...]

According to his agent, former Wizard Mitchell Butler, Dixon received interest from several teams over the summer, including New Jersey, Denver and New Orleans, plus a few European teams, but a big offer never materialized. As the free agent market dried up and roster spots diminished, the Wizards and Dixon agreed to a deal that made sense for both sides.

Though Dixon has to make the team and would earn the veteran minimum of $1.03 million for the season, a solid year could set him up to earn a bigger contract next summer.

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