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Trail Blazers trade Dixon to Raptors for Jones

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers traded guard
Juan Dixon to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday for guard Fred Jones
and future considerations.

Jones, who went to the University of Oregon and lives in
Portland during the offseason, is averaging 7.6 points, 2.1
rebounds and 1.4 assists in 39 games. He has made nine starts.

"It's always fun to add such a talented player with such strong
local connections to our roster," said Trail Blazers President and
general manager Steve Patterson. "Fred is a versatile athlete with
high character and a great track record of community involvement,
and we think he fits perfectly into the culture we've been
cultivating here in Portland."

Jones agreed not to exercise the player option year of his
contract, meaning his current deal will expire at the end of the
2007-08 season.

"From seeing the team, knowing some of the players and knowing
the direction they're headed, I was more than happy to be a part of
it," Jones said in a conference call with reporters.

The 6-foot-2 Jones was the 14th overall pick in the 2002 draft
by the Pacers. He signed with the Raptors as a free agent last
season but hadn't been receiving much playing time.

"He started off doing very well for us. Ultimately, he kind of
found himself out of the rotation," Toronto general manager Bryan
Colangelo said. "You hate to see people not thriving in
situations. We've settled on that rotation. Fred coming off this
most recent injury, it just appeared he probably was not going to
have that role that we talked about.

"So you look for viable solutions. This is a tremendous
situation for Freddy to be able to go back to his hometown."

Dixon was taken by the Washington Wizards with the 17th overall
pick in the 2002 draft out of Maryland. He signed with the Blazers
as a free agent in August 2005.

The 6-foot-3 Dixon has averaged 8.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5
assists. He has made one start.

"We want to wish Juan the best and we're looking forward to
watching him help Toronto in the playoffs," Patterson said in a
statement. "Juan is a skilled shooter and always willing to put in
the time on the floor and in the weight room to make his game even
better and we appreciate the work ethic he helped instill in our
younger players."

For his career, Jones has played in 284 games with 28 starts,
averaging 7.7 points, 2.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds. He recently
missed nine games with a dislocated middle finger in his right
hand.

He went to Barlow High in Gresham, Ore., and was named the Class
4A Player of the year twice.