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Juan Dixon: "I'm Coming"

(Latest post) The Wizards just released a statement saying that the team has signed guard Juan Dixon. The team did not release terms.

(Earlier Updated post) I just got off the phone with Michael Lee who spoke with Juan Dixon a few minutes ago. Juan informed Mike that "I'm coming:" to the Wizards. This confirms what I reported earlier. Details on the deal to come later.....

(Earlier post):

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld and coach Eddie Jordan hinted as much during a press conference they held here at the Verizon Center two hours ago and now I'm hearing that it is close to becoming reality: the Wizards and former Terp/Wizard guard Juan Dixon are in the process of agreeing to contract terms.

I'm hearing that the contract will be only partially guaranteed, meaning that Dixon would have to make the team out of training camp which opens Saturday in Richmond. Considering that Eddie Jordan enjoyed having Juan as a scoring option off of his bench during his previous stint with the team and given that the backcourt has a hole now that Gilbert Arenas is expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season with a knee injury, you'd have to like Dixon's chances of making it.

Once I have this confirmed, I'll update accordingly.

By Ivan Carter  |  September 23, 2008; 2:05 PM ET
 
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Juan D is in the house!!!! I am glad to see Dixon come back think he gives a nice scoring boost off the bench. Will get you some steals on D as well.

Posted by: wstclair | September 23, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Good posts today, Ivan.
It's rather sad how Juan is mere inches from being out of the league. Not unexpected, since he never seemed to buy into a team offensive concept, and instead breaks the offense to shoot at will. But if your only NBA skill is scoring, maybe that's the only path you can take.
If he sticks with the Wizards, I hope he can diversify his game and not be such a gunner. Unless of course he's a gunner who shoots 48% from the field, in which case, fire away.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Dixon is what he is. He's been around long enough that it's not likely to change at this point. The fact that he's still unsigned and in a position where he's going to have to compete for a roster spot out of training camp speaks volumes for a guy who was a top 20 pick not that long ago.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Actually Juanderdawg has improved his various passing ratings significantly his last couple stops. (And in Detroit showed decent shooting efficiency).

Some part of that may be that he was surrounded with better players (and played most often with set-up man Rodney Stuckey as the ballhandler in Detroit). But still the ability to adjust to a role is a positive.

The real worry here, as always, is that his defense is never streaky: he's consistently a little too small and not terribly quick.

Interestingly we also have (either as a platoon or training camp competition for a roster spot) Dee Brown at the position who is the defensive and passing equivalent of Juan. Both undersized sparkplug NCAA champions with good character and a ton of heart. Both instant energy off the bench.

Juan has been improving his passing, Dee has been improving his shooting. (Check his post all-star stats with Utah, not his accumulated totals).

The only thing that maybe hurts the team by taking on Juan into the season: he'd steal minutes from Nick Young, maybe hurt his long term confidence.

That, and, carrying 15 players we lose roster flexibility.

And: maybe we need a SF more.

But other than that. Juan's great, he knows the offense, and has the clutch/confidence mindset that any team could profit from. Good attitude.

If it's a Juan vs Dee Brown thing though, I'm conflicted. The young puppies on the scout team need someone to get them the ball.

Posted by: doclinkin | September 23, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Juanderful!

Posted by: Dellis | September 23, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You know today I'm almost as excited as the day we found out Michael Jordan was coming to the Wizards.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

same old same old. didn't do much before, won't do much now. so sad, this is what the wizards have to get excited about. woo this sure made my day.

Posted by: yeah | September 23, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Juan Dixon is a winner, not a great player but a huge spark plug and lift off the bench even a steal here and there.Needed when we seem to blow leads and play no "D" at the beginning of the second quarter.
Welcome home Juan

Posted by: squmpy | September 23, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Dixon didn't play much in Detroit, and when he did it was mostly in garbage time. His numbers there (which weren't exactly impressive) don't tell much.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Good move. Should be a spirited camp with lots of competition for back up slots at guard and small forward. And don't forget, anyone on the roster three weeks from now gets a trip to Barcelona and Berlin. Not a bad perk and I would not be surprised if one or two guys wind up staying in the old country to play this season!

Posted by: khrabb | September 23, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Dixon's problem was not picking the correct team to fit in. He had a great fit in DC coming off the bench. Didn't he get something like 35 points in a crucial playoff game against the Bulls years ago?

He plays adequate defense and is good at steals.

Great pickup and he can hopefully provide the punch that Mason gave us last year.

Posted by: Great news | September 23, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Dixon

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"He plays adequate defense and is good at steals."

*Sigh*

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

calm down everyone. the team is not better with juan.juan just fils in for the spot of roger mason wich i think is a beter player all around player.

Posted by: smartfan | September 23, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank God one of the greatest basketball players in University of Maryland history is coming back home. The Bullets should have never let Dixon get away the first time. Hopefully, they will give Juan an even better role.

Posted by: Elwood | September 23, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

smart fan
bad speller

elwood the Bullets are all in their 50's or older

Posted by: squmpy | September 23, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"The Bullets should have never let Dixon get away the first time. Hopefully, they will give Juan an even better role.

Posted by: Elwood | September 23, 2008 3:07 PM "

Les BouleS should have never let Stevie Blake go.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 23, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Dixon knows the offense and should be a good play off the bench

Posted by: Jer | September 23, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

GREAT NEWS! And great news for servers and bartenders in the area. He's a great tipper!

Posted by: Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) | September 23, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Les BouleS should have never let Kwame go. That guy is going to be a superstar.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the skins just signed Heath Shuler

What a day for DC

Posted by: squmpy | September 23, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

One of the greatest college players ever to play, period. I've never enjoyed watching a college player play as much as Dixon. I hope he makes the team and I think he can help with some scoring lost from Mason. EG, make it happen!

Posted by: Matt | September 23, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

NOTE TO ANONYMOUS: Michael Jordan was a d!ck ruined Kwame Brown paved the way for Richard Hamilton's leaving DC( oh yeah that worked out for us real well ya think?) and was a washed up superstar with diminishing skills, oh yeah he did sell a few tickets never liked him even in his prime and btw won't take a stand on anything(read into that spineless!!).

Posted by: dargregmag@aol.com | September 23, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

PR Move???????????

Maybe

I hope he can give us 7-10 pts and 2-5 assists

Posted by: Burg w/ a U | September 23, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I like the move cause it makes sure the Wizards have enough scoring from the backcourt with Arenas out the first month or so

Posted by: Mike | September 23, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Juan left for playing time and the almighty $. at a minimal salary, its a decent option off the bench considering we are 2 guards lighter. if nick young takes steps forward and earns Eddie's trust and more minutes regularly, we won't see much of Juan.

Posted by: G$ | September 23, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Cheap Mason replacement, and not as good. Still, JD is good for end of games FT's and 3-pointers if he is hot. Use only if Young is playing stupidly and never as a PG.

Posted by: Wizzy | September 23, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Dixon has never averaged more than 2 apg in his career. It's not likely to happen now.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Juan brings energy and hustle. He knows the offense and will stay out of trouble off the court.
What more do you want from the 11th or 12th guy off the pine people?!?

Posted by: el freako | September 23, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Except, with Arenas out, he won't be the 11th or 12th guy off the pine, will he?

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

god bless

Posted by: rfzonadc | September 23, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Juan. Be thrilled to see you back at Verizon.

Posted by: Robert from OM | September 23, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Time to wipe the dust off my Juan Dixon jersey. Woohooo!

Posted by: Ben | September 23, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

re: Juan Dixon

Uhhhhmmmmmm, he's got to make the team first people.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 23, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, we all like Juan, but with Gil out Antonio needs someone behind him at point, and that has to be Dee, doesn't it? So hopefully Eddie doesn't think of this as a Dee-vs-Juan thing.

Posted by: Prazak | September 23, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Juan. I look forward to seeing you get some legit minutes in the phone booth this season .

Posted by: kaybee | September 23, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't really know how much more Mason provided us with that Dixon doesn't bring to the table. Pretty much an energy/hustle guy who's a streaky shooter. Neither are strong defenders and neither are strong ballhandlers. I like the move, purely as a cheaper replacement.

Posted by: psps23 | September 23, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess Kalorama isn't as down on this move??? Juan essentially brings what JJ Reddick might possibly have brought to the table at an ideal price. A streaky shooter not particualarly known for his ball handling or defense...although Juan is a gambler and attacks the passing lane. What do you say Kal???

Posted by: G$ | September 23, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Mason gave us size and used his feet on defense. Dixon is a streaky scorer and pesky stealer on D. Brown backs up Daniels, hopefully not too much, and Young can shoot but needs to grow up, work, and learn the offense.

Adding Dixon can't hurt. The top rotation's good and will be better IF Arenas returns.

Posted by: joe c | September 23, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

same old same old. didn't do much before, won't do much now. so sad, this is what the wizards have to get excited about. woo this sure made my day.

Posted by: yeah | September 23, 2008 2:50 PM

This is nonsense what this cat with short term memory is saying. I am about as thrilled as the day we traded Juwan to Dallas (Thanks Mark Cuban)! Let's go Juan !!

Posted by: Dickie Spinx | September 23, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Yea!!!!!!!!!! Greatest terp in history coming back home where he belongs. Thank you Ernie. Thank you.

Here's my letter to Ernie that I wrote 3 plus years ago.

June 10, 2005

Ernie Grunfeld
President
Washington Wizards Operations
MCI Center, 601 F Street N.W,
Washington D.C 20004

Dear Mr. Grunfeld,

I am a longtime Washington Wizards fan and a great admirer of yours. I just wanted to send a short note of appreciation for all the great work you have done to help the Wizards. We Wizards fans can finally be rest assured that our team won’t trade away our best young talent for aged former stars like Jerry Stackhouse, Mitch Richmond, Rod Strickland, or Ike Austin. I thank you for that.

I also wanted to give you a little advice on a couple players I have followed for many years. Please do your best to sign Juan Dixon and Steve Blake this off-season. I have never seen a competitor quite like Juan. I’ve followed him since his days at Calvert Hall high school in Baltimore all the way through his 5 years as a Terrapin, and there isn’t a player in any sport with a bigger heart than him. What other player off the bench could shoot 1 for 10 in a playoff game and follow up that performance by scoring 35 points in an even more pivotal game? Juan really wants to stay with the team and has shown he can be a real contributor to the Wizards for years to come. And please do not underestimate his importance to the organization as the team’s biggest fan favorite.

As for Blake, he will be the harder of the two to sign. He wants more playing time and some other teams will be willing to give it to him. But please don’t let that happen. What more could you ask for in a young, back-up point guard? He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played, with his head. He doesn’t make stupid mistakes on the court, and has proven at every level that he is a winner. If it weren’t for his ankle injuries last season, he would have had a much more productive season than his rookie year (in which I think you would agree he showed a lot of promise).

Both Blake and Dixon will be solid players in this league for years to come. Please do what you can to make sure those years are spent here in Washington. Thank you and God Bless.

Sincerely,


Barno
Wizards Fan

Posted by: Barno | September 23, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"Juan essentially brings what JJ Reddick might possibly have brought to the table at an ideal price"

That's quite possibly the saddest thing I've heard/read all day. And the fact that you seem to be framing it as a positive just makes it even sadder.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

hey barno, im a longtime wizards fan too...and you know what, this team as it is will never make it past the first round of the playoffs. whats the point!?!?! Arenas was a GIGANTIC waste of money. building around the teams best player (tough juice) would have been the way to go here, not signing a now oft-injured player who doesnt play d-fense worth a crap. this team is stuck in mediocrity. we need new ownership, preferrably someone who wont give a has-been 111 mil

Posted by: pat | September 23, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok maybe Juan isnt a great player. But, he would be our 12th man, he was and will always be a local hero. Plus, the guy scored 35 points in a playoff game against the Bulls a few years back. Say what you want, but anyone who scores 35 in an NBA playoff game is no bum.

Posted by: Mateo | September 23, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Welcome home Juan!

Posted by: Jeremy Bauserman | September 23, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Juan indeed! I am so tired of these ingrates. Juan won a championship with Gary and co. at Maryland and it is great to have him back in D.C. He can score at will when he is given enough minutes and gives 110% on both ends of the court. He is an above average defender who creates a lot of havoc and makes a bunch of steals for his team, which is luckily now the Wizards. So welcome back Mr. Dixon, we are ALL glad to have you back!

Posted by: Terps4Life | September 23, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I did with Barno's letter three years ago:

- shredder -

Posted by: Ernie G. | September 23, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Juan is a good guy, and well liked locally, but the fact is everyone now seems perfectly placated. I bet Wall Street wished it had a Juan Dixon to make the american people believe things are now better than ever without actually doing anything.

The mgmt and ownership still achieved nothing this off-season and mortgaged the next six years on a perennially injured player.

Seems there are relatively few of us who would actually like to see the Wizards win more games and go deeper in the playoffs. scary.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 23, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This is a logical move and can ONLY have upside.... When is the last time this franchise had players the quality of Juan Dixon, DerMarr Johnson and Dee Brown duking it out for the LAST spots on the bench? The answer is NEVER. The 2008-09 Wizards are going to be a very interesting team, IMO.

Posted by: khrabb | September 23, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy the pre-season games Dixon fans, he ain't making the team.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

awesome

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Of course this move can only have "upside." When you've hit rock bottom, there's nowhere else to go.

"He is an above average defender..."

Please, stop the madness.

"I bet Wall Street wished it had a Juan Dixon to make the american people believe things are now better than ever without actually doing anything."

Nice one, Doc.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

who would you sign Kal given the state of the team and ownership's reluctancy to go over the luxury tax threshold? where's your list of available free agents or marketable players on the trading block???

Posted by: G$ | September 23, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"Juan Dixon: "I'm Coming""

Damn Juan, it's nice that you're excited about getting a job, but that's maybe a bit too excited.

Posted by: kalorama | September 23, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Better at doing what we hoped Roge could do, which is knock down open shots off penatration and weak side swings. Remember, this a guy who carried UMD to the title, and scored 30+ in a playoff game for the Wiz in '05. Yes local interest makes this mostly intriguing, but you replace Mason w/ a guy for less money and more experience doing what the team will ask of him...

Posted by: Steff | September 23, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

...Plus Blake is Portland's starting PG, which they will not give up, esp. w/ Jack leaving town and a rookie in Jerryd Bayless as his primary backup.

Posted by: Steff | September 23, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

What are the most important wins in Wizards (not Bullets) history? I think you could make a pretty strong argument that any of the four playoff victories against Chicago, the only time the Wizards have made the second round, are the four most important games in Wiz history. Juan is pretty much single-handedly responsible for one of those wins. He's had the best meaningful playoff performance in Wizard's history (with the idea that if you lose the series, none of the performances actually meant anything).
Juan may have weaknesses, but he is a clutch player as his college career and the 2005 playoffs showed. He will provide scoring while Gil is out and anyone who has proven he can win you a playoff game is worth having on your roster. He is also a great guy and we're glad to have him!
And could we please stop whining about management. The fact is, the NBA is not like other leagues. There are 4 or 5 superstars that will be able to win a championship if they have a couple of other good players, and we don't have one of those players and they aren't available.Ernie has done done a good job of getting us into the 2nd tier of about a dozen teams that can make the 2nd round of the playoffs (if we're healthy) but unless you can arrange a trade for Tim,LeBron, Kevin or Kobe that's all that can reasonably be expected. Get over it!

Posted by: junkiwonteverread | September 23, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Was that supposed to be a (Michael) Jordan-esque comment that Dixon made? I know he has a huge following here, obviously, but the team needs a back-up point guard that (preferably) hounds the ball on defense. I think the 2nd team is fine (at the guard spot) with Nick Young.

Though listed as a shooting guard, Roger Mason played a steady backup PG and was careful with his shot selection, as evidenced by his +40% 3PT%. Dixon's no Mason, as Mason was bigger, more consistent, and a true-er PG. I understand Mason was mucho expensive, but all I'm getting at is Dixon won't fill Mason, it'll have to come in the form of a Brown/Young combo.

I don't know if I would give him the 15th roster spot just yet. Had he done the exact same things in college and the NBA, but starred at Stanford and Golden St, instead of Maryland and Washington, respectively, we wouldn't be speculating him being a key player next year...

Posted by: CN | September 23, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

With the Wiz picking up Dixon, one can only wonder and hope that the Skins would bring back the one and only SHAR POURDANESH...

Posted by: Slim Pickens | September 23, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Juan - congratulations Gil!

Posted by: washingtonian | September 23, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back Juan - congratulations Gil!

Posted by: washingtonian | September 23, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

This is great news! JD has the heart of a competitor, and while not being a superstar in the NBA, he can bring it home in the clutch. This is the best news about the Wizards in quite a while.

Posted by: Bob | September 23, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see Juan back in a wiz uni, as long as he understands that he is a 12-15th man and accepts that, why not.

Posted by: Astro | September 23, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Juan's Dixon your mouth.

How did we get through 60+ comments without a reference to that immortal nickname?

Posted by: Lindemann | September 23, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

There are 4 or 5 superstars that will be able to win a championship if they have a couple of other good players, and we don't have one of those players and they aren't available.

Posted by: junkiwonteverread | September 23, 2008 8:05 PM

So why would the Wizards ownership pay max money for someone not on the short list, with no assurance the player they paid could recover from two knee surgeries, and kill any potential for acquiring a short list player for the next 6 years? I believe this was a very bad business decision which will have long term repercussions for the team and is worthy of criticism.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 23, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

"SHAR POURDANESH"
*lol* good one

Posted by: saïd | September 23, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

There are 4 or 5 superstars that will be able to win a championship if they have a couple of other good players, and we don't have one of those players and they aren't available.

Posted by: junkiwonteverread | September 23, 2008 8:05 PM

So why would the Wizards ownership pay max money for someone not on the short list, with no assurance the player they paid could recover from two knee surgeries, and kill any potential for acquiring a short list player for the next 6 years? I believe this was a very bad business decision which will have long term repercussions for the team and is worthy of criticism.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 23, 2008 8:52 PM

It was either resign Gil or watch him walk to Golden State and end up with NOTHING -- Gil's 26 - not 36 -- players come back from injuries all the time -- there's no reason to assume that Gil won't either -- this is an investment in the long term future of the Wiz -- not the next month and a half - The Wiz are still a playoff team without Gil, with him, they were tops in the East -- so please ... all you short sighted naysayers ... get a grip

I liked Roger very much and am happy for his success - but I'm delighted that Juan is back - Whether or not Juan can be as productive as Mason remains to be seen -- but he's a gamer and a Champion - he will definitely be a contributor .

Posted by: Welcom home Juan | September 23, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah sure, why not. While they're at it, why don't they resign Gheorghe Muresan and Mugsy Bogues. All hail the return of the freak show all stars. This Wizards suck. What a joke.

Posted by: LesBullet | September 23, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Juan back on the Wizards. He is my cousin. He represents a true American spirit and a hope that the average person who works hard can make it. I am certain he will help bring in the area fans to the home games. Best wishes.

Posted by: Dr. James | September 23, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

As far as I'm concerned, they can trash Arenas and give Dixon his money. At least it will be out on the floor playing and not sitting on the bench watching. You can't tell me Arenas didn't know he needed this surgery back in the off season. He waited until training camp was to start and had it. I wish I had it that lucky in my job. I'd be looking for one--and so should he.

Posted by: Snicklefritz | September 23, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I like the pickup of Juan. he knows the offense, and he can score in a hurry off the bench. I think that people are over-analyzing this. the Wizards weren't going to be able to pick up any significant free agents at this stage - certainly not someone who will make a big impact night in & night out. with Juan, they got the best they could hope for for the money they're paying: a confident scorer to pick up the slack in Gilbert's absence.

I think Juan is going to have a lot more fun playing with this team than he had playing with the Wizards before. I look forward to the two or three games this season when he will inevitably dominate an opponent. he's inconsistent, but the man has talent.

Posted by: satch | September 23, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

YAY! :)

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | September 23, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

It was either resign Gil or watch him walk to Golden State and end up with NOTHING -- Gil's 26 - not 36 -- players come back from injuries all the time -- there's no reason to assume that Gil won't either -- this is an investment in the long term future of the Wiz -- not the next month and a half - The Wiz are still a playoff team without Gil, with him, they were tops in the East -- so please ... all you short sighted naysayers ... get a grip

Posted by: Welcom home Juan | September 23, 2008 9:19 PM

Baron Davis was a free agent point guard of note and signed for significantly less money than Gil. We could have had a proven pass 1st point guard and a lot of cash left over to pursue a legit backup for Caron.

This is the 3rd consecutive season which will be dramatically influenced by Gil's injury. I don't see how my concern could be considered short sighted.

Additionally, what made him special when he played was his explosiveness and foot speed and I can't imagine him recovering 100% of that. If this was a player who was widely acknowledged to be a floor leader, team leader and capable of influencing a game in multiple areas I might feel differently but his game was based upon scoring with his athleticism. Yeah, he can shoot the rock but if he comes back with reduced physical capabilities he will not be capable of being the impact player he once was.

That said, I do wish him a full recovery and would love for him to make me eat my words. I just want us to get to the next level. Currently I am unconvinced we are on track to do that.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 23, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

It's painful to see all the UMD fanatics cling to the days of old & inflict them on the Wizards! You guys make Juan sound like Joe Dumars; he's not even Vinny "The Microwave" Johnson. I like Juan, but he's no savior.

Posted by: Deron | September 23, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Baron Davis was a free agent point guard of note and signed for significantly less money than Gil. We could have had a proven pass 1st point guard and a lot of cash left over to pursue a legit backup for Caron.

This is the 3rd consecutive season which will be dramatically influenced by Gil's injury. I don't see how my concern could be considered short sighted.

Additionally, what made him special when he played was his explosiveness and foot speed and I can't imagine him recovering 100% of that. If this was a player who was widely acknowledged to be a floor leader, team leader and capable of influencing a game in multiple areas I might feel differently but his game was based upon scoring with his athleticism. Yeah, he can shoot the rock but if he comes back with reduced physical capabilities he will not be capable of being the impact player he once was.

That said, I do wish him a full recovery and would love for him to make me eat my words. I just want us to get to the next level. Currently I am unconvinced we are on track to do that.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 23, 2008 10:06 PM

Funny you should mention Baron Davis -- he's an example of a player making it all the way back from a knee injury and he's 5 years older than Gil -- besides, he would not have been a long term solution regardless -- if Davis, Kobe, Stoudamire, Kidd, etc., etc., can come back from serious knee injuries at an older age - there's no reason to believe that Gil can't do the same ... I want us at the next level too -- all this team really needs at this point is good health and I believe they can get there ...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Alright, let's tip one back to good health, this curse needs to go.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 23, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

"Funny you should mention Baron Davis -- he's an example of a player making it all the way back from a knee injury and he's 5 years older than Gil -- besides, he would not have been a long term solution regardless -- if Davis, Kobe, Stoudamire, Kidd, etc., etc., can come back from serious knee injuries at an older age - there's no reason to believe that Gil can't do the same ... I want us at the next level too -- all this team really needs at this point is good health and I believe they can get there ...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:15 PM "

What kind of new math are you doing?

Baron is just under 3 years older than Gilby, not 5.

No wonder you post anonymously.

BTW, Baron Davis isn't a player who mostly relies on his quickness to get his shot in his game.

Baron Davis is a team and floor leader and has better assist numbers while taking fewer shots.

Also, Baron Davis has proven that he has returned and recovered from his knee injury.

The only thing Gilby has proven is that he's had 3 consecutive knee surgeries for the same issue.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/stats?playerId=194

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/stats?playerId=974

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 23, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

LOL ... could woulda shoulda -- Baron Davis is not here -- get over it already people -- seriously -- Gil's going to be here for the next 6 years -- so either you can deal with it or you can continue to bore us all to death with another 100 Gimpy Gil posts ... he's here -- davis is not -- move on already

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Welcome home Juan!!

This is great news, and I am very excited about the start of training camp!

Juan is an excellent pickup and a perfect replacement for the departed Mason. His ability to score will be depended on while Gil is out. I think he will be good in the backcourt in any combination... Juan and Antonio, Juan and Deshawn, Juan and Nick. I'd love to see a run n gun on occasion with Blatche, Jamison, Butler, Dixon and Dee Brown.

I also think Juan will be an excellent mentor to Nick Young as a fellow former 1st round pick who has seen the ups and downs of the league. A guy who can teach him the importance of hard work and true love of the game.

Posted by: Darnell | September 23, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

When our starters are flat offensively and we need a jump, how sweet to be able to hit teams with Nick Young and Juan Dixon off the bench!!

This team is going to be fun to watch, then we get Gil back!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

"LOL ... could woulda shoulda -- Baron Davis is not here -- get over it already people -- seriously -- Gil's going to be here for the next 6 years -- so either you can deal with it or you can continue to bore us all to death with another 100 Gimpy Gil posts ... he's here -- davis is not -- move on already

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:49 PM "

LOL!

Coulda, woulda, shoulda learned how to subtract!

Gilby has a 6 year contract. Doesn't mean squat unless he's actually on the court playing and taking the team deep into the playoffs.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 23, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

"LOL ... could woulda shoulda -- Baron Davis is not here -- get over it already people -- seriously -- Gil's going to be here for the next 6 years -- so either you can deal with it or you can continue to bore us all to death with another 100 Gimpy Gil posts ... he's here -- davis is not -- move on already

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 10:49 PM "

LOL!

Coulda, woulda, shoulda learned how to subtract!

Gilby has a 6 year contract. Doesn't mean squat unless he's actually on the court playing and taking the team deep into the playoffs.


So Gil is going to be sitting on the bench for the next 6 years -- wow your prognostication powers are dazzling -- the glare is hurting my eyes -- last I checked -- Davis didn't have any rings either -- your man love for him is embarrassing -- go be a clippers fan if you can't bear to be without him -- I'm sure you and the other 2 dozen clippers fans will have a blast in an empty staples center - good luck with that Tell you what, get back with me in 6 years and we can talk about how the Wiz have done in that time --

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Forget about that "partially-guaranteed" contract. Juan Dixon is going to make the squad. He's like Chuck Norris killing a rat with his teeth in "Missing in Action."

Posted by: John Brisker | September 23, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Alright, let's tip one back to good health, this curse needs to go.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove | September 23, 2008 10:27 PM


Amen Brother -- we are so DUE!

Posted by: The Juan and Only ... | September 23, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Great move!!! My only question is, when Juan makes the team, who gets squeezed out? Will they cut Dee Brown? Or will Ernie go over the cap?

Posted by: C.Bell | September 24, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I think he's Allen Iverson on a good team. Actually makes me wonder how AI ever had the career he's had. I hope he becomes more what Ben Gordon has been for the Bulls.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Allen Iverson?! Good Lord.

Okay, the bar is officially closed! Everybody is cut off!

Posted by: kalorama | September 24, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I would rather have seen then trade for Sean Singletary. But that may have put them over the luxury tax since they wasted all of that money on Gil.

Posted by: bullets fan 78 | September 24, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

I am disappointed we are talking about how nice it would be to have Davis over Gilbert.

Davis would not have signed for less money to play in DC. In La he gets to play movie producer and he thought he would be teaming up with legit all star caliper big men that he could compete with in championship runs rather than exciting births into the second round of the playoffs. He has the reputation of a cancer to the chemistry coaches try to create. Gil's potential has not been reached, each healthy year producing more and more magic. He is far off being the guy you want in the clutch of a crucial game where Davis excels, but that might be his next phase of Gil's growth, and if not, Dixon is a heck of a clutch player to have on the roster. Gil might be a distraction to a coaches plan, but Davis is a cancer when things are not going his way.

With Dixon, Butler, Jamison and a healthy Gil, you have a nice core of driven winners who any critical fan should feel lucky to see on the floor at the end of a close game. Davis would have have brought nothing to the table but more problems.

Posted by: yankeevicar | September 24, 2008 7:56 AM | Report abuse

big deal. Juan "PostMeUP" Dixon. Juan may explode once every 15 games, but not even that often playing 3rd string 2-guard. And please don't put him at the point. I see him getting pressed, or getting his pocket picked at half court giving up 1 man fast breaks while looking back with an embarassed look on his face.

Posted by: G-Man | September 24, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

I am ok with the Juan Dixon pickup, however my question is has his handle gotten any better since he was last here? We already have NY and Stevenson playing the "2", so the only available minutes for Juan will be backing up AD.

I was not sold on Dee Brown from what I saw in the summer league, but I will have to give him a chance because the summer league is not a true indicator of what I guy will do in the regular season. I was one of the folks during last season screaming for the Wiz to pick up a "ultra quick" guard for change of pace issues during the games. Looks like I can't ask for one and then complain about it, right?

Anyway as for Juan, he has to show EJ he can run the offense and not get caught up in traps and full court pressure. The last time he was here that was his major problem when he was asked to sometimes handle the ball. I hoped he has been working on his ball handling skills.

As I have said before, Juan is a "2" guard in a "1" guard's body. That makes him really limited if he does not drastically improve his handling of the rock as a "1" guard and not as a "2".

Posted by: Bullets Fever #1 | September 24, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

"So Gil is going to be sitting on the bench for the next 6 years -- wow your prognostication powers are dazzling -- the glare is hurting my eyes -- last I checked -- Davis didn't have any rings either -- your man love for him is embarrassing -- go be a clippers fan if you can't bear to be without him -- I'm sure you and the other 2 dozen clippers fans will have a blast in an empty staples center - good luck with that Tell you what, get back with me in 6 years and we can talk about how the Wiz have done in that time --

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 11:19 PM "

1982 (Gilby) - 1979 (Baron) = 3 years

Learn that or use your calculator if you have to.

BTW, as far as I'm concerned, Gilby's career is on a downward spiral until he can prove that he's even half the player he once was.

He's missed the past two playoffs for Les BouleS and most of last season.

He's had 3 knee surgeries, with the past two due to setbacks.

He admitted that he didn't take his recovery as seriously as he should have last year.

Baron Davis, as far as we know, is back on the court and has been productive after his knee injury.

He's gone deeper into the playoffs than Gilby.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

He's gone deeper into the playoffs than Gilby.

Posted by: DC Man88 | September 24, 2008 8:39 AM

actually, no he hasn't. he's never been to the conference finals. he's been to the semis more, but has not gone deeper.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 24, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

. . . lonnie baxter? is that you?

Posted by: hibachicooker | September 25, 2008 6:34 AM | Report abuse

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