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scar
07-20-2005, 08:48 AM
Wizards lose out again to Cavaliers
By John N. Mitchell
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
July 20, 2005


The Cleveland Cavaliers foiled the Washington Wizards' offseason plans again yesterday, reaching an agreement with forward Donyell Marshall on a four-year contract.
Two weeks ago, the Cavaliers crumpled the Wizards' plans when they reached an agreement in principle with Larry Hughes on a five-year deal reportedly worth $65-70?million.
Washington, which had made re-signing Hughes its top priority, then turned its attention to Marshall, a free agent from the Toronto Raptors whom the Wizards figured could help them in the frontcourt. According to his agent, Andy Miller, Marshall planned to spend the weekend with the Wizards' front office. Miller, who did not return phone calls placed to his office yesterday, also said last week that Washington "looked like a good" situation for the 32-year-old.
However, a league source said the Wizards were interested in giving Marshall a deal for only two years with their mid-level exception, which would have paid Marshall -- likely signing his last professional contract -- in the neighborhood of $11?million.
The Cavaliers, who began the summer with approximately $21?million committed to players next season -- a huge luxury considering the salary cap for next season likely will be around $48?million -- simply have more salary flexibility.
Marshall spent all of last season on the trading block, but Toronto never made a deal. In a reserve role, he averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds and shot a career-best 42 percent from behind the 3-point line.
The Wizards are still looking for a frontcourt player. But with Stromile Swift signing with Houston and Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert out of their price range, the market is drying up quickly.
Meanwhile, the Wizards also are in danger of losing the services of former Maryland guards Juan Dixon and Steve Blake.
Dixon, an unrestricted free agent, is in Portland today to meet with the Trail Blazers, and there appears to be growing interest in him throughout the league. Other teams that want to talk to Dixon include Miami, Indiana, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle and Cleveland, which also has expressed interest in Blake.
So far this offseason, the Wizards have added Caron Butler and Chucky Atkins from the Lakers in exchange for Kwame Brown and Laron Profit. Butler, whom Washington wanted in 2002 when he was the 10th pick in the draft -- one spot before the Wizards took Jared Jeffries -- is capable of playing either shooting guard or small forward. Last season Butler averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.

http://www.washtimes.com/sports/20050719-114547-3911r.htm

Unclebuck
07-20-2005, 09:57 AM
I like Juan a lot. He is a little short, but his defense is very disruptive and seems to be a leader and a guy that even though he's not a very good shooter he hits big shots.

He is ten times better than Gill.

I just wonder if he'll be looking for a starting spot or a solid backup.

You all know I like AJ, but I think I like Dixon better. Not sure until I see more of him

Sign him.

Slick Pinkham
07-20-2005, 09:59 AM
Dixon would add offensive punch off the bench, but he doesn't have a lot of PG instincts. He is rather your typical scoring college guard who is too small for an NBA 2 and lacks the mentality of an NBA 1.

I'd rather see more of a distribute-first mentality in a backup PG, so that the offense doesn't come to a screeching halt when the 2nd unit is out there.

That said, he's way better than Gill and maybe better than AJ, since he can defend also and while not as strong he is much much quicker.

The other interesting tidbit is that Cleveland may opt for Steve Blake, presumably instead of Sarunas. Blake has the distribute-first mindset I like. I kind of wish the Pacers had an interest in him.

post #1000!

obnoxiousmodesty
07-20-2005, 10:37 AM
Juan Dixon playing for Indiana while Jared Jeffries plays for Washington (Maryland's next door neighbor)? Something just doesn't seem right there.

diamonddave00
07-20-2005, 11:11 AM
Pacer Tom sums Juan Dixon on the court very well.

For Juan Dixon to be effective, he has to play sg and at 6'3 165 his size limits his role severely. He's a good 5 or 6 minute at a time reserve , he can be very very streaky with his shot. Hit only 42% from the field and only 33% from 3point range , he is a deadly 90% foul shooter.

Juan can be instant offense averaged 8.2 ppg in only 17 minutes a night playing time. To me since he's not a true pg and we have no tall point guards ,I don't see him as a good fit. I'd take my chances with Fred Jones playing pg , before signing Dixon as a 3rd pg -3rd sg.

ChicagoJ
07-20-2005, 11:14 AM
I've always seen Juan Dixon as the second-coming of Steve Alford. :shrug:

Kstat
07-20-2005, 11:20 AM
I've always seen Juan Dixon as the second-coming of Steve Alford. :shrug:

Except that Dixon can actually play.....

foretaz
07-20-2005, 11:25 AM
not a huge dixon fan, much rather have travis best back

Unclebuck
07-20-2005, 11:26 AM
I've always seen Juan Dixon as the second-coming of Steve Alford. :shrug:


What in the world. They are not in the same league defensively.

Everytime I see Dixon come into the game he provided a big spark, and he made things happen

Kstat
07-20-2005, 11:29 AM
For the record, I believe the Lakers will sign Dixon, after coming up losers in the Daniels sweepstakes. Dixon can actually start there.

ChicagoJ
07-20-2005, 11:30 AM
Ah, ****, I'm thinking of Steve Blake. Nevermind. Nothing to see here.

Unclebuck
07-20-2005, 11:47 AM
Jay, no problem. LOL

Brian
07-20-2005, 11:50 AM
Steve Blake sounds like a pornstar name.

Slick Pinkham
07-20-2005, 11:53 AM
Blake is less of a shooter and more of a passer than Alford was, and bigger and quicker.

Ultimate Frisbee
07-20-2005, 12:03 PM
Dixon should in principle be able to hit some 3's coming off the bench for us... I like the acquisition if it goes through...

Dixon was a stud like no other in college but is too short for the NBA...

Suaveness
07-20-2005, 01:14 PM
Jay, no problem. LOL

LOL UB said LOL


And I never really liked Dixon, don't know why

Los Angeles
07-20-2005, 01:16 PM
LOL UB said LOL

LOL @ Suave's LOL @ UB's LOL.

ROFL!

:)

GO!!!!!
07-20-2005, 07:09 PM
don't we allready have Freddie J

can some please enlighten me why Freddie Can't Play the Point, I mean heck how hard can it be to teach him, if Isiah had Artest running the point why can't Rick get Fred 2 play some minutes there

if we have a Point Foward it'd work Awesome, Like the old Shrempf Days

Freddie, Jax, Granger Bender Foster

now that would be some Fast Ball

if we tell Freddie it's play the point or get traded.. He'll Learn....

ChicagoJ
07-20-2005, 07:29 PM
Freddie may not be able to play the point because he seems to have tunnel vision (a la Travis). His handles may or may not be PG-caliber, and I'm just not sure he sees the open man when he attacks the basket.

Although I've been an advocate of getting him gametime experience at PG, I haven't necessarily seen what I wanted to see when he's there.

IMO, PG is hard enough to learn when that's the position you've playing growing up. Its even harder to teach a non-PG how to play PG in the pros.

foretaz
07-20-2005, 08:07 PM
don't we allready have Freddie J

can some please enlighten me why Freddie Can't Play the Point, I mean heck how hard can it be to teach him, if Isiah had Artest running the point why can't Rick get Fred 2 play some minutes there

if we have a Point Foward it'd work Awesome, Like the old Shrempf Days

Freddie, Jax, Granger Bender Foster

now that would be some Fast Ball

if we tell Freddie it's play the point or get traded.. He'll Learn....

you have to remember.....ron is very very gifted....and isiah was a helluva teacher :D :D :D



jay should absolutely love this :D :D :D

Anthem
07-20-2005, 09:46 PM
Ron only played the point a couple of times, but he often initiated the offense from the forward spot.

ChicagoJ
07-20-2005, 10:04 PM
UncleBuck, I fear I'm already falling away from my new allies. I need you to come in here and say something unifying!!

Unclebuck
07-20-2005, 10:10 PM
UncleBuck, I fear I'm already falling away from my new allies. I need you to come in here and say something unifying!!


I'm tired of cleaning up all your messes, I'm only human.


Fred can't dribble left. So unless you want to limit your entire offense to the right side of the floor, he can't play point

Suaveness
07-20-2005, 10:43 PM
UncleBuck, I fear I'm already falling away from my new allies. I need you to come in here and say something unifying!!


Fred's not a PG!

There, that should clear up everything.

Young
07-20-2005, 10:57 PM
I like Juan Dixon but have concerns about his playmaking abilities. I don't know how well he does in this catagoery.

Although I think that it would be a safe bet that Larry wants a combo guard. He went after Saras hard and is showing interest in Dixon.

I personally think that we should go after Damon Jones over Dixon though. He defentily can play the 1 or the 2 and is a very dangerous shooter. He has a career 38% 3 point shooting percentage and has ranked among the top leaders in assits per turnover ratio. [Last season he ranked 4th in that catagorey with a 3.57 ratio.]

ChicagoJ
07-20-2005, 10:58 PM
I'm tired of cleaning up all your messes, I'm only human.


You still need a little more work on the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speach. :eyebrow:

Anthem
07-20-2005, 11:29 PM
For what it's worth, I'd rather go after Jay Williams than Juan Dixon.

Roy Munson
07-20-2005, 11:46 PM
If they pick up Dixon there is no reason to keep Freddy. The certainly don't need them both. If they are, in fact going after Dixon, then maybe some separate deal is cooking involving Freddy.

SycamoreKen
07-21-2005, 12:55 AM
I like Juan Dixon but have concerns about his playmaking abilities. I don't know how well he does in this catagoery.

Although I think that it would be a safe bet that Larry wants a combo guard. He went after Saras hard and is showing interest in Dixon.

I personally think that we should go after Damon Jones over Dixon though. He defentily can play the 1 or the 2 and is a very dangerous shooter. He has a career 38% 3 point shooting percentage and has ranked among the top leaders in assits per turnover ratio. [Last season he ranked 4th in that catagorey with a 3.57 ratio.]

The last I heard or read, not sure where, was that Miami was going to concentrate on resigning Jones. He would be silly to leave that dream position.