- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 2, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Washington Wizards are considering acquiring former Maryland standout Lonny Baxter, a team source confirmed.

“It could be worth taking a look at him,” the source said. “He’s a hard worker and he’s gotten some experience under his belt.”

The Toronto Raptors recently released Baxter, a teammate of Wizards guards Juan Dixon and Steve Blake on the 2002 national championship team. Baxter sat courtside at MCI Center on Monday during Washington’s overtime victory over the New Orleans Hornets.

Baxter will clear waivers today at which point the Wizards or any other team can attempt to acquire the 6-foot-8 forward. Baxter is unlikely to sign a 10-day contract, so the Wizards likely would have to work out a deal that would lock him up for the remaining 24 games of the regular season.

Drafted in the second round (44th overall) by the Chicago Bulls in 2002, Baxter was traded to Toronto earlier this season in a deal that included Jalen Rose and Roger Mason Jr. (Virginia) in exchange for Jerome Williams (Georgetown) and Antonio Davis.

John N. Mitchell

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