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Ex-Terps NBA roundup

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Joe Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers

Joe Smith was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 21 as part of an 11-player, three-team trade involving Chicago, Cleveland and Seattle. Smith suited up for his first game with LeBron James and company on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies, and contributed 14 points and six rebounds in a 109-89 Cavaliers' win. Before the trade, Smith had a double-double in the Bulls' 99-92 win over the Miami Heat Feb. 14, tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds. He also had 17 points and nine rebounds in a 110-102 loss to the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 20. Smith is averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on the season.

Juan Dixon, Detroit Pistons

Juan Dixon had his wishes fulfilled on Feb. 21 when he was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Detroit Pistons for seven-footer Primo Brezec. Though Dixon had expressed frustration about his playing time in Toronto, his situation hasn't changed much so far in Detroit. He has played a total of five minutes in three games since being dealt, with three points in as many minutes in his first game with Detroit on Feb. 22, a 127-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He was held scoreless in two minutes during the Pistons' 116-86 win over the Phoenix Suns Sunday and didn't play in a win against the Denver Nuggets Monday. Dixon is averaging 4.1 points and 11.3 minutes per game this season.

Chris Wilcox, Seattle Sonics

Chris Wilcox didn't get caught up in the trade winds like other former Terps, and he continued to produce solid numbers in Seattle. Wilcox had 14 points and six rebounds in a 99-87 win against the Portland Trailblazers on Feb. 22. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Wilcox experienced flu-like symptoms prior to the game, but refused to sit out. He did not play in the Sonics' 111-91 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Wilcox is averaging 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season.

Steve Blake, Portland Trail Blazers

Steve Blake had 12 points and eight assists in a 112-102 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Blake had an ugly night in Seattle on Feb. 22, shooting 1-for-10 from the field, including 0-for-4 from three-point range in a 99-87 loss. Blake is averaging 7.7 points and 4.6 assists per game this season.

DJ Strawberry, Phoenix Suns

DJ Strawberry has been seeing more action lately with the Shaquille O'Neal-infused Phoenix Suns, averaging 11 minutes in his last five games. He posted three points in the Suns' 116-86 loss to the Pistons on Sunday. He is averaging 2.7 points and nine minutes per game thus far in his first NBA season.

Steve Francis, Houston Rockets

Steve Francis was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday to repair a torn quadriceps tendon. Francis has not appeared in a game since Dec. 15, and played in just 10 games this season, averaging 5.5 points and three assists per game.

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