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Dixon to leave Wizards after three seasons

WASHINGTON -- Free agent Juan Dixon has agreed to a
three-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, ending his
three-year stay with the Washington Wizards, an official in the
league told The Associated Press on Thursday night.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deal
is worth $8 million. The contract cannot be formally announced by
the team until the NBA's collective bargaining agreement is
ratified, which is expected early next week.
Dixon met with Blazers' management last week.
He was the 17th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft after leaving
was Maryland as the school's career scoring leader. He averaged 8.2
points and 1.6 assists with 23 starts in three years with
Washington. He averaged 11.3 points in the playoffs last season.
The Wizards have acquired guards Chucky Atkins, Caron Butler and
Antonio Daniels in the offseason.
Teams have been negotiating with free agents throughout July,
and many of the most prominent players have already reached
tentative agreements on new contracts. Among them is forward
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who will go from Portland to New Jersey in a
sign-and-trade.