NBA Roundtable

Grizzlies Withdraw Qualifying Offer To Navarro

In Free Agency on September 10, 2009 at 2:14 pm

RealGM has the press release

The Memphis Grizzlies have withdrawn their qualifying offer to guard Juan Carlos Navarro, making him an unrestricted free agent, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced on Thursday.

In his only NBA season (2007-08), Navarro averaged 10.9 points and 2.2 assists in 82 games and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

After his rookie season, the 6-3, 170-pound guard signed with his former Spanish club F.C. Barcelona.

Memphis now surrenders the right to match any future offer should Navarro decide to return to the NBA. In accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement, in order for a team to retain its right of first refusal with respect to a restricted free agent, the team must tender the player a qualifying offer prior to June 30.

Thoughts

I don’t expect to see Navarro back in the NBA. He is making too much money, and is in too good of a situation in Barcelona to be easily enticed back to the NBA … a place where he’s a role player who’ll likely come off the bench in contrast to Barcelona where he is a star who is revered by his fans.

Still, it does open the door for other teams to make a run at him. Maybe not this summer, but perhaps next year or the following offseason.

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