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Wizards Look Bad On Navarro Move

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 25, 2007

MEMPHIS, Nov. 24 -- On Aug. 17, the Wizards traded the NBA rights of guard Juan Carlos Navarro to the Grizzlies in exchange for a future conditional draft pick.

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On Saturday night, Navarro helped beat the Wizards, 124-118, by matching a season high with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting.

Navarro, who was taken by the Wizards in the second round of the 2002 draft, starred in Spain for several years but decided it was time to test himself in the NBA. Memphis pursued Navarro and signed him to a one-year contract after making the trade with Washington in part because Navarro grew up playing with forward Pau Gasol in Spain.

Gasol and Navarro, 27, also helped Spain's national team win the gold medal at the 2006 world championships. Navarro, who made his third start Saturday night, is averaging 9.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting and is shooting 45.3 percent from three-point range

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld never seriously considered signing Navarro because he wanted to use what little room the team had under the luxury tax threshold to re-sign guard DeShawn Stevenson and forward-center Andray Blatche. Also, the team drafted shooting guard Nick Young in the first round of the draft.

"It's a special game," Navarro said before the game. "They picked me in the draft and I want to play good against them for that reason."

Tough Road in Texas

The Wizards will practice Sunday and play at Dallas on Monday night. The Wizards have dropped five straight at Dallas.

UP NEXT Tomorrow at Mavericks8:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 Wednesday at San Antonio8:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 UP NEXT Tomorrow at Mavericks8:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980 Wednesday at San Antonio8:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980


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