Steve Blake could be joining former University of Maryland and Washington Wizards teammate Juan Dixon in Portland.
Blake, an unrestricted free agent point guard who was selected by the Wizards in the second round of the 2003 draft, was in Portland, Ore., last night and has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Trail Blazers, according to Blake's agent, Joel Bell.
Terms of the contract were not available. But according to a league source, Portland offered Blake less than $2.3 million for the upcoming season, which is what the team had remaining from its mid-level exception.
Dixon, who spent three seasons with the Wizards after teaming up with Blake to lead Maryland to the NCAA championship in 2002, signed a three-year, $8 million contract with Portland in July.
Starting tomorrow, the Wizards will have seven days to match Portland's offer should they choose to retain Blake, who averaged 17.1 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.3 assists in 118 games with Washington.
Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld declined to comment on Portland's offer.
Blake was the primary backup to all-star point guard Gilbert Arenas the last two seasons but was bothered by a sore ankle last year and appeared in only 43 games, with one start.
After the season, Blake expressed a desire to leave Washington, and the team's acquisitions of veteran point guard Chucky Atkins, shooting guard Antonio Daniels and swingman Caron Butler further increased the chances that the Wizards would not retain him.
"I've enjoyed my time here, but I would like to go someplace where I can play more," Blake said following Washington's playoff series loss to Miami. "If someone can provide me with a larger role, that's something I'm going to look at. I think I have a lot of good basketball in me."
Blake visited Cleveland and Miami but may get his best opportunity with the Trail Blazers, who have two inexperienced point guards on the roster, Sebastian Telfair and Jarrett Jack.
Telfair, the team's first-round pick in the 2004 draft, is just 20 years old and didn't crack the rotation until late last season while Jack, a native of Fort Washington, is a 21-year-old rookie.