ESPN is reporting that the Memphis Grizzlies have traded Pau Gasol and a future second-round pick to the Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, the unofficially retired Aaron McKie , the draft rights to Pau Gasol's brother Marc and future first-round picks in 2008 and 2010, NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein. My first thought is what are the Gruzzlies thinking? They certainly could have gotten more than that for a player of Gasol's caliber. Although he has had several injuries, he still is a difference maker. This is a steal for the Lakers.
This puts the Lakers up a level in the West and although the Celtics have already played the Lakers twice this season, they may meet again in the Finals. The question is whether Kobe can co-exist with another star on the team. KG, Pierce and Ray Allen have all sacrificed parts of their games to mesh and make the Celtics what they are. It will be interesting to see if Kobe can do the same.
What about this one: Get Artest and his expiring contract (not much value since all know that he' opt out) for Scal, Posey, Pollard plus maybe an extra 2nd round draft pick? Sounds good to me. Scals value = -3millions, Posey is worst than Artest and Pollard is still injured (plus Powe is better in the paint)