You know that sinking feeling you get in your stomach the moment you you realize something disastrous just happened? Well, I had that feeling most of Friday afternoon when the Grizzlies gave traded Pau Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown. From the Grizzlies perspective, this trade only makes sense if GM Chris Wallace was worried that the disgruntled Pau could become a PR nightmare at any moment, complete with retirement threats, police records and fan beatings. Or maybe he accidentally clicked "accept" in Yahoo Fantasy NBA Trade Manager. Needless to say, the Lakers made off like bandits, but what did Memphis gain from this?

Kwame Brown is in a contract year, and apparently no one has told him this, since he's as bad as ever. The good news is that in three months they no longer have to pay him. Rookie PG Javaris Crittendon has barely played this year, so the jury is still out. He is shooting 49% in limited minutes, but 22 turnovers in 173 minutes is enough to earn a one-way ticket to the Dakota Wizards. Even if he does pan out, he won't be supplanting Mike Conley anytime soon.

In a half-hearted attempt to fool the fine citizens of Tennessee, Memphis also received Pau's brother Marc Gasol, who is still playing in Europe and sounds like the second coming of Bryant Reeves. If he's had any conversations with big brother Pau, there's no guarantee he will even come to play for Memphis. Chris Wallace thinks this is almost as good as a lottery pick. You know, kinda like how Harvey Grant was almost as good as Horace Grant.

The X-factor in this trade are the Lakers first-round picks in 2008 and 2010. Barring an implosion of Miami Heat proportions, both of these picks will be in the low 20's, giving the Grizz a chance to pick up some amazingly average role players. For every Kevin Martin (26th overall, 24 ppg), there are thousands of David Harrisons, Mardy Collins, and Viktor Krhyapas.

So, in summary, Pau Gasol went to Los Angeles for an expiring contract, a backup point guard, a slow-footed low-jumping center who may never set foot in the NBA, and two bench players to be named later. Not the best trade I've ever seen.

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22 Comments:
Blogger Ben Q. Rock said...
Fun Fact: Once the Stro Swift-for-Jason Collins trade is completed, the Grizzlies will be paying Kwame Brown, Brian Cardinal, Collins, and Darko Milicic a combined $27,525,000 this season.

Blogger Shrugz said...
gawd I almost yelled out WHAT THE FACK!!! at work
then I just started laughing cuz of how stupid this trade was for memphis
OOOOOO first round picks from a playoff team we REALLY want that (Vince Carter trade) at least they got something more in return, raptors ended up with.....joey graham as it stands now

anyways no more ranting terrible ...terrible
this could surplant the Vince Carter trade lol

Anonymous Optimus said...
Don't worry, the Lakers were championship caliber before this trade too.

Blogger Babyshoes said...
That is one of the best Photoshop jobs I've ever seen.
As a Blazer fan, I am committed to hating the L*ers. And this just makes me sick to my stomach.

Blogger Greg said...
It's okay, Kobe will still find a way to mess up this team, too.

Blogger sk93 said...
It happened on Feb 1st, wouldn't be closer to a late christmas than an early one?

Anonymous Trashy said...
For some reason Pau Gasol looks more like Don Imus than Santa Claus in that picture.

Anonymous caseta said...
it makes pretty much everybody mad. well, except for lakers fans that is. as a bulls fan i'm pissed myself. first at paxson then at the stupidity of that chris wallace who used to be the gm of the celtics.

it's one thing i can't stop thinking of though. imagine how pissed would the celtics fans be if the lakers beat the celtics in the finals in the next few years. imagine their irony: their own incompetent gm - they finally get rid of him and he immediately manages to make their biggest rivals better through another boneheaded move.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
caseta -- ...shit, you're right. [slaps forehead]

Anonymous Optimus said...
Actually, I'm a Laker fan and I'm probably the only one not entirely sold on this trade. Yes, they're better without Kwame, that's obvious. But I worry about Pau getting in the way of Bynum's growth. Will he get the same experience with another all-star big guy in there? No, I don't think so. Unless Pau feels like fitting in and just rebounding and playing D... but why pay so much for just that? And now we have to watch another guy try to learn the triangle on the fly?

So why make a trade? As I said earlier they were champinoship level when it was Kobe/Bynum/Odom... they had the best record in the west with that crew until Bynum got hurt. Why stick another guy in there? What's the point?

I realize most sports fans and media have short-term memory loss, and don't remember that just a month ago, pre-Bynum's injury, the Lakers had the best record in the west. I wasn't expecting Lakers management to also not remember this, but I guess they did. The team the Lakers had before this trade was absolutely fine, growing in confidence, and winning (barring injury of course). I just hope Pau can be complementary enough of a player and not mess that up.

I'm rambling, but yea I'm a little confused about the necessity of this trade, also about it's long-term effects on the team. I guess I just liked the Lakers sneaking up on people this year, and that joy is gone... :/

Anonymous lakerfan24 said...
God bless America.

Blogger Roger Williams said...
Before anyone gets too mad at Chris Wallace, this deal isn't THAT bad. Pau Gasol is one of the least impressive big men in the game (yes, I know his numbers), and the Lakers will probably see him spending most of time in street clothes nursing a cervix injury. This deal might make a bit more sense if Chris Wallace is going to use that Kwame Brown money to chase a real player with further on down the road.

Anonymous jay uno said...
it is said that marc is the more skilled more talented one of the gasol brothers.. critics here in europe say, that he just doesn´t work hard enough to play in the nba

Anonymous Al James said...
The Grizz must be trying to set the record for the worst big men combo ever. I expect a Rudy Gay-Jarron Collins trade to be in the works and if Greg Ostertag was considering a comeback, Memphis is his town. Memphis fans, those poor bastards.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
as another bulls fan, this makes me sick...you're telling me that the bulls couldn't offer anything better than the lakers?

first we got rid of chandler, aldridge, and missed out on gasol last year. no the lakers got him for basically nothing? unbelievable.

Blogger djnumbers said...
zip a dee doo dah, zip a dee day, my oh my what a wonderful day! plenty of sunshine heading our way, zip a dee doo dah, zip a dee day!

I'm sorry i just felt like singing. nba domination brings los angelinos such joy. hahahahahahaha i love life.

Blogger starang said...
Anybody that says the Lakers are a championship caliber team (with or without Pau) has to got be retarded.

There is not enough leather for Kobe + 1. If he can't make it happen himself, which he's already shown he can't, Pau will only improve them slightly.

It will be fun to see how it pans out.

Anonymous RT said...
starang: It's either that, or they're just trolls.

Or maybe, they're still under the influence of Shaq's Shaqnosis shoes and still can't possibly believe that the Lakers can lose games. Considering that they have the BEST PLAYER IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE WHO WOULD DOMINATE EVERY STATISTIC IN EVERY GAME AND EVERY SPORT IN EXISTENCE. You know, the one that jacks up 40 "efficient" shots a game.

Anonymous Brendan said...
So does god hates basketball or just like the lakers? I'd say he just hates basketball

Anonymous Optimus said...
Retarded? I guess that's me. What's with name-calling? Spoken like someone who hadn't seen any Laker games at all, and just reads the media reports.

Kobe can't make it happen himself in the West, but this year, that's not what was going on. Look up the highest scoring benches in the league, the Lakers are up there. They regularly have 4-5 guys score in double-figures. They're a deep team, and they were winning. What part of that is so hard to understand?

Blogger starang said...
Yeah, they "were" winning is right. They "were" winning their way to the 5th spot in the west. 5-5 in the last 10, only after winning their last 2. Good job Lakers. Keep this up and maybe you might make it to the second round of playoffs this year, which hasn't happend in 3 years...

Don't make retarded comments like the Lakers are "championship caliber" and you won't get called a retard.

Blogger Wolfe said...
From Spain, and agreeing with you on Pau gasol softness, Marc is not a slow-footed low-jumping center. Really, try to see him in a couple of games. He's averaging 16p-8r in 40 minutes games, about 20-10 in 48 mins, and shooting 65% from the field.

Look at this video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xOAF2zjkRDk
This is not what I say a slow-footed player. Ok, I know he's not Olajuwon, but he's fucking far from been Bryant Reeves.

Congratulations for the blog, it's really amazing and I'm enjoying reading it despite my low English level.

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