In a move called “intriguing” by mainstream French media, Asvel Villeurbanne has released American guard Bobby Dixon. After logging just one half-season with the Euroleague squad, Dixon was cut just two days before the Semaine des As tournament, despite his success in the 2009 Semaine with champions Le Mans.
Aymeric Jeanneau’s play had steadily eaten into Dixon’s playing time (and ultimately cost him the starting spot) throughout the season. Dixon had been notching his worst LNB stat line since leaving Troy State University for France in 2006 with just 11 points per game, three assists per game and three-point shooting of just 33%. His Euroleague play was little better at 11.5 ppg and 3.1 apg.
Asvel management promised that “we have solutions” even in the wake of the Dixon release. Indeed, because Dixon is no longer with the team, his void clears a roster space for U.S. player Curtis Borchardt, who figures to be ready to play by mid-March.
As Le Figaro mused, one only wonders what this team’s chemistry might have been like in the autumn with Jeanneau in the starting spot…