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JCN Is OUT

Luis Scola's eye-opening performance for Argentina in the FIBA Americas Championship had many - including myself - second-guessing the San Antonio Spurs for trading him to a division rival for little more than cap space.

But just like the situation with the Wiz kids and Juan Carlos Navarro, it may have been the case that the player's trade value didn't come close to his actual worth. Houston should feel fortunate that it was able to make a deal before the FIBA Americas tournament, because San Antonio surely would've gotten more for Scola, who averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and was named MVP.

You won't get the chance to second-guess Ernie Grunfeld for dealing Navarro to Memphis for a first-round pick just yet. The Spanish guard will have to miss at the least the first three games of the European Championships with a muscle tear in his right leg. "This is really a setback, having really worked hard over the past month," Navarro told reporters in Seville. "But I'm not worried. We've got enough players to replace me."

According to the Eurobasket website, Navarro hopes to return to action on Friday.

So far, the reigning world champions haven't needed him much. Spain beat Portugal and Latvia by a combined 42 points in the first two days of action.

As for Wizards forward Darius Songaila, his back has held up through the first two games, as he is averaging 9 points and 4 rebounds for unbeaten Lithuania.

By Michael Lee  |  September 4, 2007; 6:21 PM ET
 
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