Juan Dixon (1998-2002), who had been suspended indefinitely by FIBA for use of the steroid nandrolone back in February, has now been officially sentenced to a one-year ban (translation), retroactive to his positive test result on February 11, 2010. This means he will be eligible to play again on February 11, 2011.
The one year suspension is a disappointment, since speculation this spring was that the ban could be as short as 6 months, making him eligible to play again when leagues start up again this fall. However, the usual punishment for steroid use is a two year suspension, so FIBA may have recognized that this was a relatively minor offense. But with a one year ban, his former team, Unicaja, will not sign Juan before the start of the season, since February is too far away to await his contributions. Other teams will also probably be reluctant to sign Dixon before the 2010-11 season starts. So, we'll watch for Juan to be picked up by a team in need of a guard in late January or early February of next year.