By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Wizards and Grizzlies have held discussions regarding a possible trade involving second-year Memphis point guard Javaris Crittenton, a league source confirmed last night.
The deal, first reported by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, would likely involve a swap of Crittenton for the conditional draft pick the Wizards received from Memphis in the summer of 2007 for Juan Carlos Navarro.
To make room for Crittenton, who has appeared in seven games this season, the Wizards would have to release a player to stay at the league's 15-man roster limit. Also, Crittenton's $1.38 million salary this season would push the Wizards over the luxury tax threshold ($71.15 million).
Crittenton, a 6-5, 196-pounder, was drafted out of Georgia Tech by the Lakers with the 19th pick in 2007 and later traded to Memphis. He's appeared in 57 career games without a start. This season, he's been stuck behind Kyle Lowry and first-round pick O.J. Mayo.
The Wizards have 13 players with guaranteed deals. Guards Dee Brown and Juan Dixon have partial guarantees. If either Brown or Dixon is on the roster after Jan. 10, their deals would become guaranteed for the season.
The pick the Wizards got for the rights to Navarro, who returned to Spain after playing last season with Memphis, is top-16 protected in 2009, meaning the Grizzlies would keep it if they get a top-16 pick. It is top-14 protected from 2010 to 2012 and top-12 protected in 2013.
If the Wizards have not received the pick by 2013, they will receive a second-round pick and cash considerations.
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