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Eduardo Najera
SF/PF - 6'8, 235lbs - 46 years old - 12 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2012 season
  • Birthdate: 07/11/1976
  • Drafted (NBA): 38th pick, 2000
  • Pre-draft team: Oklahoma
  • Country: Mexico
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
2000 NBA DraftNBADrafted 38th overall by Houston.
2000 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Houston, along with a 2001 second round pick (#43, Kyle Hill) in exchange for the draft rights to Dan Langhi (#31).
7th July, 2000NBASigned a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Dallas. Included team option for 2001/02.
15th August, 2000ABADrafted 39th overall in the 2000 ABA Draft by Chicago Skyliners.
14th September, 2000IBLDrafted 6th overall in the 2000 IBL NBA Supplemental Draft by New Mexico Slam.
20th September, 2000CBADrafted 60th overall in the 2000 CBA Draft by Quad City Thunder.
29th June, 2001NBADallas exercised 2001/02 team option.
28th September, 2002NBARe-signed by Dallas to a six year, $24 million contract. Included early termination option after 2006/07 season.
24th August, 2004NBATraded by Dallas, along with Christian Laettner, the draft rights to Luis Flores (#55, 2004), the draft rights to Mladen Sekularac (#55, 2002), a 2007 first round pick (#30, Petteri Koponen), a lottery protected first round pick (later extinguished; $1 million cash sent instead) and cash to Golden State in exchange for a signed-and-traded Erick Dampier, Evan Eschmeyer, Dan Dickau, and the draft rights to Steve Logan (#30, 2002).
24th February, 2005NBATraded by Golden State, along with Luis Flores and a 2007 first round pick (#30, Petteri Koponen) to Denver in exchange for Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Rodney White.
25th June, 2007NBADeclined to exercise early termination option.
16th July, 2008NBASigned a partially guaranteed four year, $12 million contract with New Jersey.
11th January, 2010NBATraded by New Jersey to Dallas in exchange for Kris Humphries and Shawne Williams.
13th July, 2010NBATraded by Dallas, along with Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and cash to Charlotte in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca.
Career Moves
1996 - 2000Oklahoma (NCAA)
June 2000 - August 2004Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
August 2004 - February 2005Golden State Warriors (NBA)
February 2005 - July 2008Denver Nuggets (NBA)
July 2008 - January 2010New Jersey Nets (NBA)
January 2010 - July 2010Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
July 2010 - June 2012Charlotte Bobcats (NBA)
Articles about Eduardo Najera

October 18, 2013

[...] And this is probably a good thing. Of the 106 players from 2008, 31 of them had an average salary for the duration of between $3 million and $9.3 million, and only two of them (Ben Gordon and Robert Swift) were one year deals. Included in there were four years deals for the likes of Eduardo Najera ($12 million) and James Posey ($25,020,800), five-year deals for the likes of Ryan Gomes ($21,175,000) and Daniel Gibson ($20,054,000) and oversized three-years deals for the likes of Sasha Vujacic ($15 million) and Stephen Jackson ($27,769,500). Of those players, only Gomes has ever received another deal and is still in the league, an unguaranteed minimum salary one with OKC. You know your contract was too long when the player never gets another one afterwards.

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March 19, 2013

Eduardo Najera - Retired after last season and immediately got a head coaching job with the Mavericks-owned D-League team, the Texas Legends.

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June 9, 2011

[T]he amnesty clause (that we're having to pretend will exist here, but which almost certainly will exist in some form) will further expand the range of available talents. A lot of decent players are going to become available, not because they can't play the game, but because they can't justify their contract. A lot of the candidates are obvious and inevitable, some perhaps less so. Here's a potential list:

- Charlotte: DeSagana Diop, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera - Even after the Gerald Wallace and Emeka Okafor trades, and the other thing that we're about to come to, Charlotte will still be caked in salary. Diop spent most of last season inactive, and has more than $14 million remaining over the next two years. Carroll has only $7.4 million remaining over the same time frame, but is similarly unwanted. And the aging Najera will cost $2,750,000 next season to further prop up the inactive list.

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August 12, 2010

[...] In Amir Johnson's case, the unguaranteed portion of the deal means very little. His contract currently costs $6 million annually; all that waiving him will do will raise that per annum cost to $7 million. As unguaranteed contracts go, it's almost as useless as Eduardo Najera's current one, which had all but $500,000 guaranteed in his final two savings, for no obvious reason. (It is now fully guaranteed.) Nevertheless, the trend for including a partially guaranteed final season/s for non-star players continues.

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August 12, 2010

- The magical, mystical, my-God-this-is-such-a-unique-contract-and-a-history-making-trade-chip Erick Dampier unguaranteed contract DUST chip thing - I hate unnecessarily abbreviations almost as much as I like hearing myself talk - was used last month in an underwhelming trade that brought Tyson Chandler to Dallas, while sending the non-expiring contracts of Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera the other way. Bizarrely, Charlotte preferred this Chandler deal to a prospective one that would have sent him to Toronto, even though this trade saw them taking on significant salary for players they won't (or shouldn't) play. John Hollinger summed up the deal thusly:

I'd like to congratulate Michael Jordan on being the first executive in history to avoid saving money in a salary dump. Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca have one year left at a combined $14.1 million, while Eduardo Najera and Matt Carroll are owed a combined $17.1 million over the next three years. Throw in cash (presumably the maximum allowable $3 million) from Dallas, and they managed to break even while giving away their starting center for two guys who will occupy seats 11 and 12 at the end of the bench. Strike up the band.

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