Lak­ers ac­quire Pau Ga­sol from Griz­zlies

The Covington News - - Sports -

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.

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