Navarro deal done, details to come

Five minutes after I stepped out to take my dog for a walk, the Wizards e-mailed out a release saying that the Navarro deal is finally finished. As has been previously reported, the Wiz will get a conditional first round pick. I'll have details on what that pick will be at some point today.

By Ivan Carter |  August 16, 2007; 3:48 PM ET
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Geez, life must be good taking a walk with your dog mid afternoon.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 16, 2007 3:58 PM

Any kind of a 1st beats 2 second round picks, which is what it is really worth.
Nice job Ernie.

Posted by: oddjob | August 16, 2007 4:03 PM

It's about time that this deal got done.

Thank you Ivan!

Posted by: Sixx | August 16, 2007 4:05 PM

I guess by reading this its safe to say no one else was involved. i was hoping for etan and jcn for swift and a pick.

Posted by: omar | August 16, 2007 4:06 PM

Still not too happy if 'conditional' really means 'protected for the next 6 years' as was reported earlier. I'm over it, though. Let's roll with what we got...plus Andray.

Posted by: mark | August 16, 2007 4:10 PM

Okay... so let's get ready for the season premiere of the "Trapped in the Post" soap opera, starring the Poet and Haywood!

(Will Kells make a cameo appearance as an assistant coach? Stay tuned.)

Now we've just got to get Blatche to ink his (incredibly shrinking) deal.

Posted by: iceberg | August 16, 2007 4:12 PM

Now how about packaging this pick and BTH to Atlanta for one of their big guys?

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 16, 2007 4:15 PM

Second that, DCMAN88. Walking your dog in the early afternoon, following a sports team around the country on someone else's dime, chilling in pro athletes locker rooms talking to them for a living....It's good to be you. Can I get a job application?

Posted by: mark | August 16, 2007 4:21 PM

I like to dream at lot at work and the latest was a trade to get Josh Smith (and salary throw-ins Claxton, Lue and A. Johnson) of Atlanta in exchange for Antawn Jamison, Nick Young, and our newly acquired Memphis 1st.

Then we can play Smith and Butler at the 2 and 3 and let O-Pec or Songaila start at the 4.

Think Atlanta would fall, I mean, go for it?

Posted by: GM | August 16, 2007 4:22 PM

Ivan/Michael,

Are you guys planning any insights/analysis/articles heading into the FIBA tourney? It starts in a few days I think.

Posted by: curious | August 16, 2007 4:23 PM

It will be interesting to see what else EG can accomplish this offseason.

Posted by: Tim | August 16, 2007 4:24 PM

For what is is worth from ESPN:

Nate (DC): Did Ernie Grunfeld make a mistake by not signing Juan Carlos Navarro

Marc Stein: We just don't know yet. The Wiz preferred securing a more known NBA quantity (DeShawn Stevenson) to messing with getting Navarro out of Spain. Given Ernie's string of good decisions since moving to DC, I'd say he deserves the benefit of the doubt.


Let's just hope he is not done and figures out a way to "fix" the center issue.

Posted by: daydreamer | August 16, 2007 4:36 PM

http://kevinbroom.wordpress.com/2007/08/09/what-do-you-want-from-ernie/

this is for those of u who think ernie didnt do the right thing with the navarro situation

Posted by: jason | August 16, 2007 4:43 PM

goddammit. so it was true.

Posted by: ya blew it | August 16, 2007 4:53 PM

let's get the details of the trade before we further disect/speculate. what we do know is a first rounder is usually better than a 2nd and that gives us leverage in a number of scenarios later on.

Posted by: G$ | August 16, 2007 4:54 PM

I recommend everyone read the link that Jason posted. Nice! EG knows what the hell he is doing people.

Posted by: Rob P | August 16, 2007 5:10 PM

hIf dealing with ATL what about a straigt up Haywood for Zaza Pachulia deal? Salaries match for a trade. Would be a better fit for both players IMO.

Posted by: Darnell | August 16, 2007 5:10 PM

GM, you're proposing AJ, Nick Young and a first-rounder for Josh Smith. I don't like that trade. Giving up too much for Smith.

And I would've like to have seen EG move Haywood or Etan's contract to Memphis with JCN, but not for Swift.

Posted by: Colin | August 16, 2007 5:11 PM

Thanks jason for the link. Nice bit of analysis by Kevin Broom on the JCN trade.

Posted by: Tim | August 16, 2007 5:18 PM

Pachulia is much better than Haywood, and Atlanta doesn't usually make trades because of their messed-up owners situation. A deal with Atlanta is so unlikely.

Posted by: Pradamaster | August 16, 2007 5:19 PM

I bet none of you gimps have even seen JCN even play. How can you judge to talk about someone you have seen play a hand full of times at the most. Ernie got what he could for Navarro. That being said, he definetly needs to do something about the 5 position (DESPERETLY). Lets face it, without a seviceable 5, the WIZ are going nowhere. Be honest!!!

Posted by: Dirty South | August 16, 2007 5:30 PM

I like how people who spend crazy amounts of time posting (useless) comments on this blog during the work day criticize Ivan for taking his dog for a walk. That dog probably gets more work done in a day than you guys, though I'll give you credit for sniffing your private parts more.

On that note, back to work....

Posted by: Sean | August 16, 2007 5:31 PM

2 Words - Sarunas Jasikevicius, or howver you spell it. After the Olympics teams were clawing at each other to get this kid(who mind you wend undrafted and has a below average college career) because of his performances against sub-standard European competition and a make-shift US squad. Now he is with his second team after averaging a mere 7.4 pts, 3 asts, 2 to, per game while shooting below 37% from the arc. Seems like a great way to spend 4 mill per year. Oh and by the way his numbers are even lower with Golden State. That, my friends, is why this was a great deal, if history repeats itself, as I suspect, we just got a conditional 1st rounder for the equivalent of an undrafted free agent.

Posted by: Al | August 16, 2007 5:46 PM

who cares?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2007 5:50 PM

How good is Navarro? I'm just curious if he's a Ginobili waiting to happen or if he's some kind of stiff.

Posted by: Jason | August 16, 2007 5:59 PM

Any chance we parlay this first rounder into one Mr. James M. Posey?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2007 6:25 PM

The bottom line is the JCN did not want to be a Wizard so getting anything, let alone a 1st round pick for him was genius on the part of Ernie.

Posted by: Good Move | August 16, 2007 6:27 PM

Posey is a good player but inconsistent. I would keep the 1st round pick and take my chances on getting a younger guy with a bigger upside.

Posted by: Pass on Posey | August 16, 2007 6:30 PM

"I like how people who spend crazy amounts of time posting (useless) comments on this blog during the work day criticize Ivan for taking his dog for a walk. That dog probably gets more work done in a day than you guys, though I'll give you credit for sniffing your private parts more.

On that note, back to work....

Posted by: Sean | August 16, 2007 05:31 PM"

The irony in Sean's comment as he posts during the work day also, about nothing except that his mom's crotch smelling like a dog's. Wonder how he knows this.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 16, 2007 8:34 PM

From the highlights i have seen of Navarro, i did not see anything special. His game seemed to be a mixed scoring point guard just like Gilbert. he did not seem to have the body to be a true 2 guard in the NBA.


Th folks talking about trading th pick to ATL for on of thir young bigs... leave the drugs alone. Josh Smith might be out the league in a year or two if he does not work on his game. Williams is a bust, and Horford may be decent. who else is there. i would give the pick up for Horford, but no-one else.

Posted by: RobGreg | August 16, 2007 8:55 PM

I guess you've never heard of Zaza or saw what he did to Les BouleS last season.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 16, 2007 8:59 PM

great deal getting a 1st rounder for JCN. from what it sounds like he wanted 3 million per year for like 3 years that means he wanted money that would be slotted for a top 5 pick in the draft if he were that good E-GRUNS would of sign the dude. great deal for WIZ now if they can lock the young buck Blatche up for like 4yrs 12 mil and move a big man for salary space they will be alright...

Posted by: bullets fever | August 16, 2007 10:06 PM

"Geez, life must be good taking a walk with your dog mid afternoon."

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 16, 2007 03:58 PM


FYI, sportswriters are basically nocturnal. Their day ends after they get their report on the day's game written. Since games can end well after midnight, their work"day" often goes into the wee hours of the morning, generally right up until the paper has to go to press. It's tight, stressful work.

BTW, are you aware that "88" is a neonazi symbol?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2007 8:54 AM

Ivan,

Good post. Don't see why many on the blog are upset. Abe doesn't want to pay the "tax". We are limited in choices so Ernie goes with known production, and we are limited next two seasons because of contracts. I believe the thinking is we package the picks with ET &/or BH next season which allows for salary room with GA and ability to bring in others (to be determined). Always nice to know that Ernie and Abe have plenty of bloggers to step up and spend their money.

On seperate note, AB deal will occur before Labour Day and the team can now focus on the season.

Posted by: GARETH | August 17, 2007 9:11 AM

"FYI, sportswriters are basically nocturnal. Their day ends after they get their report on the day's game written. Since games can end well after midnight, their work"day" often goes into the wee hours of the morning, generally right up until the paper has to go to press. It's tight, stressful work."

That would be applicable in this instance if the Les BouleS season was going on right now, but it isn't. All activity with trades and transactions from the teams go on during regular, normal working/office hours, which is the time Ivan got his email.

"BTW, are you aware that "88" is a neonazi symbol?

Posted by: | August 17, 2007 08:54 AM "

Thanks, but I do not care.

Posted by: DC Man88 | August 17, 2007 10:39 AM

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