Will Miami step up for Navarro?
It will be interesting to see what Pat Riley does now that Steve Francis chose to sign with Houston rather than Miami. It's no secret that Riley is near desperate to add a playmaking guard with Gary Payton entering retirement and Jason Kapono now a member of the Toronto Raptors. Riley made a strong pitch to Mo Williams but he took more money to stay in Milwaukee and now Francis is off the board as well. The market is getting tight.
So, the question is: how badly does Riley want Juan Carlos Navarro and what is he willing to give up for him? I've heard that Miami has called offering a combination of draft picks but I have no idea what kind of picks they are. Would a first and second get it done? And even if Riley makes a sexy offer, does Ernie Grunfeld really want to help a division rival by handing over an experienced scorer who will also have a chip on his shoulder whenever the Heat comes to town? The wild card in all of this continues to be Memphis. I hear that Pau Gasol has all but demanded that the Grizz do whatever it takes to get JNC.
Bottom line: something is going to get done one way or the other pretty soon. One thing to keep in mind is that Navarro could just say: "forget it" and go back to F.C. Barcelona. In that case, the Wiz would lose any chance of getting something for him. He may not get that sweatheart buyout option ever again. Don't be shocked if we start reading stories coming out of the Spanish media detailing how Navarro is being done wrong and should just stay home.
As for the Andray Blatche situation: I continue to hear that teams have interest but that nobody is willing to cough up a full mid-level. I think Ernie did a savvy thing by making it clear early on that he planned on matching any offer made to Blatche. That may have scared teams off. We'll see.
I have heard that Andray is working his tail off this summer and that's a good thing all the way around. He'd better be ready because it appears that Eddie Jordan is going to have some serious decision to make when it comes to handing out playing time, especially if Dominic McGuire comes into training camp and does what he did in Las Vegas.
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