Wednesday, October 20, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The agent for Washington Wizards forward Jared Jeffries believes the club will pick up the option year on Jeffries’ contract any day now.

Andy Miller, who also represents Wizards Michael Ruffin and Anthony Peeler, has had conversations recently with Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld and is confident something is about to be done.

Jeffries, the 11th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, is scheduled to earn approximately $1.5million this season. In his option season (2005-06), Jeffries will be paid approximately $2million.

The Wizards have until Oct.31 to officially announce their intentions with Jeffries, a 6-foot-11 forward who can play small forward of power forward.



Jeffries had his rookie season of 2002-03 reduced to 20 games by a torn ligament in his right knee. Last season he was the only Wizard to appear in all 82 games, including 38 starts. He averaged 5.7 points and 5.2 rebounds.

The Wizards have yet to make a decision whether they will pick up the option on guard Juan Dixon’s contract. Dixon, the 17th overall pick out of the University of Maryland in 2002, reiterated yesterday that he would like to continue his career in Washington. He said agent Bill Duffy has had conversations with the Wizards, but he has not heard anything yet.

“I’m leaving that all up to my agent,” said Dixon, who has averaged 8.3 points and 1.6 assists in two seasons with the Wizards. “I would love to finish my career with the Wizards, but I understand that it is a business.”

During the summer the Wizards left Dixon unprotected in the NBA Expansion Draft.

John N. Mitchell

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