Dixon to leave Wizards after three seasons

Updated: July 29, 2005, 1:15 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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