Doh- according to the article below JC Navarro has signed with Memphis. Sigh- there goes a player who probably would've been a great fit. Interestingly though the article didn't mention what the Grizz had to give up to get him- probably a first round pick.
Navarro joins the Grizzlies
The Spaniard player reached an agreement with the Memphis team, where fellow Pau Gasol shines.
03-08 | 17:30 hs. The deadline imposed by Axa Barcelona on Juan Carlos Navarro to join an NBA team (Washington Wizards kept their rights over the player even though they were no interested in him) came to an end, and they announced that the Catalan center signed for Memphis.
Navarro and Barcelona will negotiate the release of the player; Navarro played only at Barcelona, but he must pay a 3.5 million-dollar clause.
Navarro wanted to move to the NBA so badly (he is the fifth Spaniard arriving at the NBA after Gasol, Garbajosa, Calderon and Sergio Rodriguez) that Barcelona decided to lower the termination clause from 10 million to 3.5 million dollars.
Previously, Barcelona scheduled July 25 as deadline for Navarro to join some NBA team; Washington Wizards kept their rights over the player since their pick in the 2002 draft (40th in second-round), so they increased the value of his player, making an eventual hiring hard to achieve.
Memphis, Boston, Lakers and Miami were intersted in Navarro, but Washington refused to release him to the point of feeling "kidnapped" by the Wizards for they didn't intend to give their players to a direct rival.
So, Barcelona extended the deadline to August 3; finally, after though negotiations, the Catalan guard joined the Pau Gasol team.
Navarro must pay Barcelona 3.5 million dollars to have the agreement terminated; he may pay it during the following three years thanks to a deal reached with president Joan Laporta.
Navarro, world champion with Spain in 2006, winner of Copa del Rey, ACB Liga and Euroliga with Barcelona, delayed his arrival at the NBA in the 2005-06 season, when he got a four-year extension agreement.
Navarro was chose MVP at the 2005-06 Liga, ended the season as the highest scorer in the league.
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