Advertisement

 WASHINGTON (AP) -The Washington Wizards traded the rights to Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday for a future first-round draft pick.
The Wizards drafted Navarro in the second round, 40th overall, in 2002. He never joined the team, though, instead playing for FC Barcelona in the Spanish league.
``We're pleased to acquire a first-round pick, which gives us an additional asset,'' Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. ``Our backcourt ... is deep and versatile. By trading the rights to Juan Carlos Navarro ... we have greater flexibility to build our team.''
Last month, FC Barcelona and the 27-year-old Navarro agreed to a buyout that allowed him to head to the NBA.
He averaged 12.6 points over nine seasons in Spain, leading FC Barcelona to four league championships and one European trophy. He also was a member of Spain's world championship team last year.
In Memphis, Navarro will be paired with Spanish star Pau Gasol.

Featured Picks From The Insiders

View All Picks
Advertisement

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 506 USA  63% Bet Now

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Tim Duncan retires The San Antonio Spurs lost their franchise player on Monday, as Tim Duncan elected to retire after an amazing 19-year...
Thumbnail Rockets give Harden an extension The Houston Rockets locked up their star player for years to come, announcing an extension with James Harden on...
Thumbnail OKC's title odds plummet without Durant Following the announcement that Kevin Durant will be signing with the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA title...
Thumbnail Durant heading to Golden State The shoe finally dropped in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, as he has elected to sign with the Golden State Warriors for next...
Thumbnail Warriors now 2/3 to win title with Durant The Golden State Warriors were already favored to win the 2017 NBA Finals championship, but their odds improved even more after...
More inNBA Articles  
Advertisement

Featured Picks From The Insiders

View All Picks

NBA Team Pages