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ESPN: Don’t expect to hear too much Pau Gasol trade speculation in coming months, after such chatter was a staple last season.

The Memphis Grizzlies on Friday reached a verbal agreement with the Washington Wizards to obtain the rights to Spanish guard Juan Carlos Navarro, reinforcing the notion that the Grizz have no intention of parting with Gasol.

The Grizzlies and Wizards, according to NBA front-office sources, have an agreement in principle that would send a future first-round pick — likely a 2008 first-rounder — to Washington in exchange for Navarro, who is considered one of Europe’s top guards and, of greater importance to Memphis, one of Gasol’s best friends.

Specifics about the draft pick and the lottery protection involved are still being finalized, sources said, but the Grizzlies are now exclusively negotiating a buyout of Navarro’s contract with European club power FC Barcelona and operating as if he’s their player.

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  • getgasol

    I want to use the F-word but I am not allowed :)

    Another one bites the dust. When it was reported that the Lakers were also trying to sign Navarro, I thought it might be to lure Gasol here, and maybe it was one of the reasons, but with Navarro in Memphis, the Gasol dream is now over too.

    I’m gonna have to jump on the JO bandwagon with the rest of you now because I can’t think of any other options.

    The problem: I don’t think the Pacers are gonna give up JO without both Odom and Bynum. If it is LO & AB for JO or nothing at all, would you still do it?