A year and change ago, Memphis made a seemingly smart deal to nab the rights to Spanish gunner Juan Carlos Navarro from Washington for a highly conditional possible first-rounder. Navarro performed well as a Grizz rook. But once Memphis traded Pau Gasol (Navarro's best friend), the love disappeared and a disillusioned Navarro returned to Europe, where this season he's the starting two-guard for FC Barcelona.
Meanwhile, once-touted point guard Javaris Crittenton sits in Memphis in a situation not dissimilar from Navarro's with Washington. Just as the Wizards had no inclination to sign Navarro and use him on the court, Memphis isn't playing Crittenton.
It's only logical then that, according to Ron Tillery, Memphis and Washington are discussing a trade that would send Crittenton to D.C. for ... the conditional pick Memphis sent Washington in the Navarro deal. Basically, Memphis is unloading Crittenton (who they don't want) for an annulment of the Navarro deal. One year of Navarro for a 2007 first-round pick, is how it works out. Man, I love that Chris Wallace has a job. (As a mea culpa, I thought the Navarro deal was good ... but I also didn't figure Wallace would trade the guy who incited the Navarro deal five months into the season.)
H/T: A Skeets tweet.
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