Lakers acquire Pau Gasol from Grizzlies
LOS ANGELES— The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their banged-up frontline Friday with a key acquisition— 7-footer Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Lakers gave up Kwame Brown, rookie Javaris Crittenton and two first-round draft picks for Gasol. The Spaniard is certain to help a Lakers team reeling from recent injuries to inside players, including blossoming center Andrew Bynum.
Gasol, averaging 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in 39 games this season, can fill in at center until Bynum returns in midMarch and then move to power forward.
The Grizzlies will get the Lakers’ first-round draft choices in 2008 and 2010; guard Aaron McKie, signed earlier Friday for salary cap purposes, and the rights to Gasol’s brother Marc, a former second-round pick of Los Angeles. The Lakers also receive the Grizzlies’ secondround pick in 2010.