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One of Michael Jordan's more intriguing moves as head of the Washington Wizards' front office five years ago was to draft a guard from the Spanish league, Juan Carlos Navarro, who supposedly was one of the best, if not unheralded players in the world. Trouble was, Navarro had a healthy payout clause to his FC Barcelona team and the Wizards could only offer about $500,000 toward paying it off, so he stayed.

Now comes word that Navarro, now 27, has found a way out of the deal with Barcelona, and could be headed to the NBA, and the Wizards, who retain his rights. With a 40 percent shooting from three-point range, Navarro could provide solid scoring off the bench, or better yet, a valuable bargaining chip to go get a decent big man who can play defense. Stay tuned.

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Meanwhile, you have to wonder how Grant Hill's decision to leave Orlando for Phoenix will affect the chances of D.J. Strawberry landing a roster spot with the Suns. Strawberry is certainly younger and would make less as a rookie second-round pick than Hill, who reportedly is coming in for the veteran's minimum of $1.2 million. But Hill still can play enough offense to warrant a roster spot. Even if Strawberry catches on, Hill will likely take some of his minutes.

Finally, it's good to see that P.J. Carlesimo is apparently getting another chance to coach in the NBA, this time in Seattle, tutoring Kevin Durant and Jeff Green.

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Carlesimo, who had great success as a college coach at Seton Hall, got Portland to three straight NBA playoffs, but couldn't get past the first round. However, the first line of his coaching epitaph, will read that he was choked by Latrell Sprewell during a practice at Golden State.

Carlesimo bided his time and went to San Antonio, where he served as an assistant to Gregg Popovich and learned how to better coach professional players, according to people in the Spurs' organization. Carlesimo is a decent man who deserves another try.

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