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Navarro deal "close to finished"

I'm hearing that all sides have agreed in principle to a deal that would send Juan Carlos Navarro's NBA rights from Washington to Memphis in exchange for a lottery protected first round pick. Paperwork with Navarro's Spanish team, Barcelona, needs to be finished and the NBA has to review the deal as well to make things official (I hear that is why the "deadline" was pushed back). As details come in, I'll update.

By Ivan Carter  |  August 3, 2007; 4:43 PM ET
 
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If it is lottery protected we probably won't see that pick for a few years.

Posted by: skip | August 3, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

It could be top-3 protected only but I can't say for sure yet. I'll find out what I can.

Posted by: Ivan | August 3, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

what thanks for the update ivan but what are the wizards thinking a pick. what this does not make sense why not try to get swift back they just got a pick. come on ernnie

Posted by: brandon | August 3, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

That's what's up. Good job, Ivan! Now with an extra 1st rounder, we maybe have more ammo to package in a trade that would ship Etan out of town?

Posted by: RichBoy | August 3, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

How does a protected trade work? If Memphis is in the lottery next year, do the terms merely continue to roll over until they are not in the lottery? Or does the protection only affect the first year?

Posted by: Bill Baxter | August 3, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Ivan,

If they do trade him for the pick, is there any leverage left for EG to get a team interested in ET or AD or even BH, though he is not as much a salary cap "drain"? Seems like he lost the last bargaining chip he had to get someone to take one of them in a trade.

Posted by: Daydreamer | August 3, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Bill, thats all in the paperwork. The protection usually decreases with time, but all of those terms are negotiated.


Posted by: JJ | August 3, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The lottery protection can be for only one year OR on forever, it all depends on what the agreement is. There's no standard rule on this.

Posted by: CN | August 3, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

brandon, you don't think they tried?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

No Navarro, Etan still here, DEBRICK RESIGNED for 12 million too much, Blatche arrested...what a horrible summer.

Goodbye, Gilbert.

Posted by: AV | August 3, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

i no they tried too the guy that did not post his name when you have two centers that fight every day yu have to give away one of them i understand etan because the team that he goes to we have to pay him 7.4 nxt year and no teams were intersted in that. but bredan eventhough he is 7 feet he is terriable man. a guy like swift he can block shots and dunks like crazy. so the guy that did not say his name tell me that

Posted by: brandon | August 3, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

i no they tried too the guy that did not post his name when you have two centers that fight every day you have to give away one of them i understand etan because the team that he goes to we have to pay him 7.4 next year and no teams were intersted in that. but bredan eventhough he is 7 feet he is terriable man. a guy like swift he can block shots and dunks like crazy. so the guy that did not say his name tell me that

Posted by: brandon | August 3, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

hey, does anybody know what is a lottery protected first round pick mean??

Posted by: NV | August 3, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Meh, reasonably high first round pick next year and unprotected next year works for me.

Would have been nice to ditch Etan's contract, but it looks like luxury tax won't be an issue, if Blatche 1) accepts the current over or b) gets the boot for being a knucklehead.

Posted by: Zonker | August 3, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

i think it means u have to be picks 1-14

Posted by: brandon | August 3, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Brandon, do some work.

Posted by: Unc | August 3, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

lol lol lol what do you mean do some work be pacific when you say something dont say and just shutup

Posted by: brandon | August 3, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Brandon, lottery protected means the pick returns to Memphis if they are back in the lottery.

Posted by: Pradamaster | August 3, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

thanks Pradamaster for the info

Posted by: brandon | August 3, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

be pacific is a classic that may never be topped.

Posted by: beingpacific | August 3, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, to verbally say "pacific" is one thing, but to actually spell it out. quite the brain fart

Posted by: CN | August 3, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

as beingpacific said...a class that will never be toppid! LOLZERS!

Posted by: be pacific | August 3, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

it is not a bad deal for the wizards. but they cannot go into the season with both etan and brendon on the team. any possible ideas on that?

Posted by: david | August 3, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The Wizards blew it this summer. We will now be tortured by Navarro twice a year.

Blatche, there are many countries you could have went and had better success.

Stevenson, damn, this is consolation prize for Navarro.

The only bright side is: hello McGuire and good-bye Ruffin and Hayes.

Wizard will miss the playoff, unfortately, because of the hard off-season work of Orlando, Boston and New York.

Posted by: B Skillz | August 3, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

i agree with you david thats the same thing i said

Posted by: brandon | August 3, 2007 5:49 PM | Report abuse

They are celebrating in Spain (and Memphis) already.

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/2007/08/03/baloncesto/1186173511.html

Posted by: B Skillz | August 3, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome, I can't think of another pacific time when I laughed louder than when I read that...

Posted by: Pacific Being | August 3, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Im from Memphis, and I just want to tell you how elated we all are to have Navarro on our time. Thank you Washington.

Posted by: Matt | August 3, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

IVAN - That outfit you were wearing Thursday on Washington Post Live was FRESH. Where did you get that shirt/jacket? The jeans was fire too.

Posted by: Jason | August 3, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

B Skillz...you are a tard.

The hard offseason work by Orlando? What hard work? giving a cap crippling 124 million to a 3 point specialist? or how about letting their only decent PF(darko) walk?

Posted by: Berg | August 3, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

All of this waiting for only a protected pick!! GEEZ! What a big disappointment!!

Posted by: Woodbridge | August 3, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/catala/noticies/basquet/temporada07-08/08/n070803101458.html

Navarro has agreed terms with Memphis, he will now with Barcelona. In fact, everything was a matter of will, because Memphis didn't have that much salary cap left neither. Looks like EG didn't count with him from the beggining.

Posted by: Catalan | August 3, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

DISSAPOINTING...

Protected pick!!!

we needed to drop Etan.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Ok, EG.....Count with me:
1
2
3

Posted by: Rook | August 3, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Forget Swift. Can we get Hakim Warrick? He's got the skills and work ethic we need. Big baby would have been nice if we could have packaged Eton to Boston, but for an athletic forward with skills, HK is in a better position to help us win games, and he went 19 which is likely where the Memphis pick will land.

Posted by: Derek | August 3, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I still think the key thing to remember is the we have a core of guys that have been together, which the other teams that have improved will need time to find that chemistry.

We also have some decent - albeit unknown potential with our newbees and developing youth!

I am still a believer!

Posted by: Wyo-wiz | August 3, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

We turned Ginobili 2.0 into a lottery-protected pick? I thought we would have held out for a top-5 or top-3 protected pick.

Posted by: Emmet | August 3, 2007 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that Andre and Kwame had so much in common till now. Wake up. Even MJ practiced foul shots and you gotta appreciate Antwann's work ethic. I wish we could keep Navarro. How about a SG that can do better than 6 for 40 in the playoffs and keep up with the smaller guards that ran circles around us all season. I'm digging the rooks and hoping they can contribute. At least they've got a few years of success in college. I guess we'll live with a combined 40 min, 12pts, 12rbs, & 12 fouls in the post for the 12mil. It could be worse and they still have potential to improve their skills and attitudes.

Posted by: Derek | August 3, 2007 6:30 PM | Report abuse

People relax! Ernie is not dealing yet! This extra draft pick that we have can be a bigger asset for a bigger trade for that big man that we been yearning for. If anything, this is only phase 1 of EG's plan to build a title contender.

Posted by: billy | August 3, 2007 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Part of the reasoning I had hoped factored into signing Stevenson over Navarro was that we could upgrade big men in a Navarro deal and that would help us more than the having the more talented shooting guard, Navarro, on our team.
I instinctively shouted for joy (in the middle of the night while rest of the family was asleep) when I read that Navarro would be able to come to the NBA. The way we handled him was subpar and I think that's inarguable.

Posted by: Emmet | August 3, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

If all we get for JCN is a first round draft pick from Memphis, we deserve to lose gilbert. And this is coming from a die-hard wizards fan. We don't need future potential, we need production now. If Ernie makes this deal, I am officially giving up on the Ernie-era in Washington...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

With the additions of Navarro and Milicic, I think the Grizz have positioned themselves, once again, to steal the 8th Seed in the West. Besides San Ant., Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and maybe Utah; not many teams are better on paper. Golden State lost Richardson, hasn't gained much. Sactown is going no where,especially if Artest leaves. Both L.A. teams are struggling, Portland and Seattle are works in progress. New Orleans will be decent. I am excited as a Grizz fan.

Posted by: Matt | August 3, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Ok, if JCN starts dominating the league and becomes a superstar, what should happen immediately?

a. EG should resign.

b. Abe should sell the team immediately b/c he didn't pony up the compensation dollars.

c. Everybody scream in unison:

"Curse of Les BouleS...."

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 3, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

That lottery protected draft pick better turn out to be for Roy Hibbert.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 3, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Ernie turns a 2nd round draft pick 5 years ago into a 1st rounder from a team that is no lock to go to the playoffs and this place screams like we were occupied by Al Queda! If this pick is only top-3 protected then Ernie did a phenomenal job!

Posted by: Marc | August 3, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Big Roy. I just got hope. I can't fault Ernie after what he's done. I just know that we need to improve to keep up with the additions that NY, Orlando, Phili, NJ, & Boston have made as well as beat Cleveland, Detroit, & Miami.

Posted by: Derek | August 3, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

the grizzlies will be better that most think next year. i keep telling people - espically memphis fans that i do believe the grizzlies can steal that 8th spot in the playoffs. i really believe they will. now with washington giving us navarro for a lottery protected pick - i am loving that. especially when washington gets a mid to late first round pick from memphis!
watch out nba. memphis is back.

Posted by: bong | August 3, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm Italian, I saw Navarro playing a lot of times. He's far better than Stevenson, no question about it (you'll see next year...)The problem is that he cannot be a backup player, with a few playing minutes...he's not a pure shooter, and he needs to handle the ball to produce...Washington will never have the right space for him...Memphis could...anyway, the best Washington can have is a lottery protected first round pick...nobody would risk a lottery pick for Navarro...he's a tremendous player, but he's a little undersized and I want to see if he can adapt his play to the NBA (I think he could, but I'm not 100% sure...)

Posted by: Federico | August 3, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

For all the Wiz haters on this blog... don't forget we were tops in the east last year midway through the season before the injury bug hit us AND inspite of starting 0-8 or worse (i don't recall exactly) on the road.

Keeping this group for the most part together... same starting five but with what appears to be a deeper bench... there's no reason we can't be tops in the east again.

Posted by: Dante | August 3, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

habeis perdido la ocasion!!! Navarro es un futuro all-star. Memphis gana con el trade!!

Posted by: spain | August 3, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to the Navarro cheerleading section, success in Euroball means nothing in the NBA. At 6'3", 170 lbs, Navarro is too short and weak to start as a 2 guard in the NBA; and his skills are not a point guard's. He will be a decent shooter off the bench for Memphis or another NBA team after they cut him, and that's it. Certainly only worth a (late) 1st round pick, and that seems to be what the Wizards got. I give Grunfeld a lot of credit.

Posted by: DC | August 3, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm still hoping we get to send away mr.Thomas so we could get some cap space and some flexibility for next year

Posted by: wiz034 | August 3, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

ivan - haven't posted in a long time but still reading daily - you are doing an awesome job. the wiz faithful are extremely lucky to have this kind of info coming regularly (in the offseason no less!), and I, for one, appreciate it. hilarious how much more active the blog comments have gotten as time has rolled by - more comments on every blog now than there were for each posting during the season, particularly the beginning of the season.

cj

Posted by: charles jones | August 3, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Charles Jones - Good to see you back.

Posted by: Rook | August 3, 2007 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Good value for a second round pick and he sent him west. Is this lottery protected indefenitely or does it open up after a year or 2?

Posted by: Forthepeople | August 3, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

DC - whats the difference - Wiz still got Mason at 6'1 175-180. Not 2 guard material either. went to school with the brother..

Wiz still need a bench

Who can doubt Euros...Every team thats gone to the playoffs or Finals of late have Euros.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2007 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Saw & spoke to Etan recently. What a wasteland. lethargic, lazy looking. Had no interest in the up comin season..Truly lookin like a brother from another planet

had not been workin out...nada, none zippo

Stuck in time with the Dashiki, dreds earth shoes spoutin poetry.

Posted by: Tank | August 3, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if Minny has a 1st round pick in the 2008 draft?

Be interesting to see if they'd take our two 1st round picks for their (presumably higher) 1st rounder.

They're gonna need a lot of help rebuilding - and draft picks might be high on their agenda.

Posted by: Rook | August 3, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Dante - the only reason the wizards were top in the east last year - there were no other teams in the east last year. No Wade, No Shaq, Pistons, no nothing!!
Wiz could have been there in stead of Cleveland who had a easy ride to the playoffs. Thanks David Stern...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Dear DC, I agree with you, maybe he's skinny for a 2 spot, but...he's not just "a shooter"...he can handle the ball, dribble and penetrate, he can play pick and roll..like as...Arenas (of course, he's NOT Arenas, I'm just saying he's a COMBO as Arenas, and THAT is the reason Washington doesn't need him...)...I'm not A Navarro cheerleader, but I guess you're a Wizard fan...well, you should know better the players drafted by your team...but...America doesn't care "Euroball"...I'm sure you've never seen Navarro playing...

Posted by: Federico | August 3, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse


Wait to find out what the terms of the lottery protection are before you go gloom and doom on the Wiz.

Also because the trade does not give anyone in return Memphis may get an extra trade exception and that would allow them to sign JCN and to absorb a hit if they trade Swift for the Poet and there is a difference in size of contracts.

Posted by: aprius | August 3, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Great job Ernie.
Love, Bert.

Posted by: oddjob | August 3, 2007 8:23 PM | Report abuse

ok, here's the thing...

If Ernie could have gotten anything more, he would have. He held out until the last minute and did his job. It didn't happen for him. The other choice was to let navarro go back to europe for nothing.

At least this way we get 2 first round picks next year and can possibly still package them for a decent center.

We didn't expect navarro to get out of his buyout. Anything we get this summer from that happening is gravy anyways.

Posted by: Navarrohhhhhnotsomuch | August 3, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

EG's legacy so far (well, maybe a little forward looking too), in rank order best to worst:
1) CB for Kwame (snicker)
2) Gilbert
3) JCN for a #1
4) AJ for Stack
5) D.Mcguire as a 2nd round pick
6) Inhis 6th year AB makes allstar team and is playing for $2.5M per year
7) Songalia
8) Letting what's his name go to the Nicks
9) Letting LH go to the Cavs
10) AD
11) Pech
12-19) can't think of any more...
20) Matching ET's offer sheet

Pretty good legacy, imho.

Posted by: oddjob | August 3, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

HE IS NOT GINOBILI. He's not even a starter in the league. He's a souped-up Juan Dixon. Nice player, but let's not go crazy. Funny that you momos think you know more than Ernie. Good Lord.

Posted by: Wes Mantooth | August 3, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree w/ Oddjob: EG's doing well. And, hey, how about a little faith in Randy Ayres -- defense will be better this year. As to Blatche, a 20-yr-old getting arrested for soliciting, well, it's dumb but not exactly felony murder. He hurt his marketability and will be glad to sign w/ the Wiz. And yes, we still have the 1-2-3, and we do remember where we were in the standings before injuries hit, and that was before Songaila was fully back. Wiz will be in it.

Posted by: Reg | August 3, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Man88 & Derek ,

Roy Hibbert will never drop that low!

Posted by: Sagaliba | August 3, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

As long as they end up with an extra first round pick in 2008 or 2009, I love the trade. Ernie knows what he's doing....anyone remember what it was like before he got here?

Posted by: swaggerrr | August 3, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

we can use this pick into getting an Al Jefferson...we can offer all our three picks and maybe AD or BH for Al Jefferson...or we can try to get Chris Wilcox or even LaMarcus Aldridge with all of these picks...it neccesarily doesnt have to be one of these players i wouldnt mind Camby or another good player suchs as Emeka...and Sagaliba...he will drop that low..there are about 3 center rated better than him and if doesnt drop as i said there are still 3 more to chose from

Posted by: Fulvio | August 3, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to say how Navarro will turn out, nobody knows for sure. But it takes something real special to be that small and be an all-star in the NBA.

Teams are going to iso him to death on the defensive end until he proves he can stop somebody. If he can't, then he'd better be a total offensive stud or he's not even going to be starting, not on a good team anyway.

I would've loved to see him here in DC, and I'd still rather have him than Stevenson, but I'm not ready to annoint him as a legit starter, much less an All-Star, until I see how he handles the adjustment from euro-ball to the NBA. We've all seen how hard it can be for very good NBA players to make the adjustment from NBA to FIBA in international play. It's not easy to make the jump.

I'm not an expert on the subject, but I doubt his lack of size and poor defense were as easy to exploit in Europe as they will be here with all the isolation and 1-on-1 coming from NBA offenses, particularly when almost everybody he sees will be a lot bigger than him.

Anyway, I wanted Gil and AD as the starters, with JCN and N1 coming off the bench. Stevenson is overrated. But at least we get a pick this way, the draft next season is supposed to be deep.

Posted by: uranderson | August 3, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Ernie.

Love,
Grizz Fan

Posted by: hanksta | August 3, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

how do you know?, we not even see him play yet! just don't judge him yet...i'm just dissapointed that we only get that 1st round pick back, trading etan for swift would be an improvement...

Posted by: NV | August 3, 2007 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I read somewhere in the beginning of the post someone was commenting that you should have picked up Swift in the deal, in exchange for Etan. Be very glad you didn't. I know he can dunk and block shots, however the highlights you see on ESPN where he is actually does those things are very rare. He plays with potential one game and then literally disappears on the court for the next five games. You would have traded one problem for another.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2007 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it would have been one problem for another, but Swift has a fat expiring contract. Etan is owed nearly 3Y/20M. EG did good getting a 1st rounder for an asset most fans probably forgot we had until all the recent trade talk.

Posted by: akmed0 | August 3, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarunas Jaskevicius was supposed to be the next great thing and so was Nikolas Tskitishvili. Euros dont always do so great in the league. Most scouting reports say JCN will be a very good bench player like AD but 3 or 4 years younger.

Posted by: aprius | August 4, 2007 12:34 AM | Report abuse

A good deal, and probably the only real outcome we were ever going to see. I'd like to know what level of protection it is and if it decreases the longer it takes for the Grizz to surrender the pick.

Posted by: kalorama | August 4, 2007 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Marc and everyone else who lauds the Wizards for turning a goldmine of a 2nd round pick into a lottery-protected first round pick is missing the point. Good teams take advantage of good luck. If we traded Blatche for a first-round pick, would that be a good deal? He was a second-rounder, right? It'd be an upgrade, we would have gone from a second-rounder to a first-rounder. BRILLIANT!!!

The fact is that Navarro is a quality shooting guard who has led the Spanish team to 2004 Olympic gold and is heralded as a solid NBA starter by all but the Stevenson camp and those trying to make sense out of signing Stevenson over Navarro.

We are basically saying that this non-lottery first-round pick which might be two years away (if the Grizz don't make the playoffs) will contribute enough to make up for the disparity in talent and production between Debrick and Navarro.

Can anybody argue that signing Stevenson enhanced or did not affect our JNC bargaining power? I would argue that it hurt our bargaining power and may have resulted in our getting nothing more than a lottery-protected first-round pick.
We had the triple-threat of being able to sign Stevenson, trade him, or let him go back to Spain. By signing Stevenson we took the option of signing Navarro off of the table. The quality of offers for Navarro nose-dived at that point and teams no longer considered taking on Thomas's bad contract.

Posted by: Emmet | August 4, 2007 1:47 AM | Report abuse

"The fact is that Navarro is a quality shooting guard who has led the Spanish team to 2004 Olympic gold and is heralded as a solid NBA starter by all but the Stevenson camp and those trying to make sense out of signing Stevenson over Navarro."

And leading a team to Olympic gold means nothing in the NBA. Most of the published scouting reports have Navarro as a 6th man scorer off the bench, at best. If he had true star quality, he would have been drafted higher than 40th.

"The quality of offers for Navarro nose-dived at that point and teams no longer considered taking on Thomas's bad contract."

It's been made clear in almost every story filed on the subject that at no time was any team seriously considering taking Thomas' contract. If there was any such deal on the table, Grunfeld would have jumped on it.

Posted by: kalorama | August 4, 2007 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Navarro ist, probably, the best player in Europe. Good, good, player. And a natural leader. He's not a rookie.Washington: ¡¡very bad decission!!

Posted by: A player | August 4, 2007 4:34 AM | Report abuse

here you can see the bomb navarro!!
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=xpCYWOJ5FLY

Posted by: spain | August 4, 2007 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Its pretty clear that Ernie could do no right in this situation. When he was only getting a 2nd you were saying that he was giving him away. When they imposed a deadline you said not to let him go for nothing. The end game keeps changing.

We don't know if he's the next Ginobli or the next Sarunas. He could be the spanish JOrdan, or the spanish eddie house.

I wanted Navarro here as much as anyone, but I know better than to put money into the bench when there's a hole in the starting 5.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"

Man88 & Derek ,

Roy Hibbert will never drop that low!

Posted by: Sagaliba | August 3, 2007 09:28 PM"

Hibbert would never drop down that low in the lottery, but I was hoping the Memphis pick would not have such restrictions.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 4, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Um, hello? What was on the table out there? Navarro is totally unproven in the US (Sarunas J comes to mind), we were about to lose his rights for nothing. So what did you think was going to happen?

We now have a MEMPHIS draft pick! They stink! And they play in the West. It's prob only lottery protected for next year and top 3 or something for '09. So chalk us up for the 7 pick in 09. Is Navarro even going to start? Prob not.

You all are crazy about Gilbert. He'll resign for the max (which he can only do with the Wizards, everyone else has to offer him less money and one fewer year) and that will be that. The only max guys that ever leave their teams are the ones that don't deserve to make it (Rashard Lewis). Grunfeld is one of the best GMs in the game...ONLY bad move he has made with the Wiz was the Etan contract.

As for Etan and Brendan, tell them to grow up and learn how to play together. Seriously. They're making 6-7 mil per year each. Grab a rebound and don't force the GM's hand in trades. Otherwise, here's a nice, warm glass of STFU.

Posted by: gimme a freakin' break | August 5, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

What basis do you JCN guys have for believing that Navarro is any more than what the Wizards think -- a guard who can be a quality back-up on a playoff-level team? According to Ivan and Michael, the Wizards scouted him extensively, and apparently the other NBA teams agreed with this assessment, since we didn't exactly get bowled over with the quality of offers that Navarro attracted. Keeping him wasn't a viable option given the Wizards' salary cap situation and given the fact that his skills didn't really complement Gilbert's (and Stevenson's skills do). EG waited as long as he could, and got the best deal that he could. So we got a valuable asset for a second round pick some years ago whom, at the beginning of this summer, we didn't know that we would get any benefit from. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

Posted by: rbpalmer | August 6, 2007 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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