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Lakers acquire Gasol from Grizzlies

Posted: Friday February 1, 2008 2:52PM; Updated: Friday February 1, 2008 4:12PM
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By Chris Mannix, SI.com

The Lakers have acquired Pau Gasol in a three-player trade with the Grizzlies, SI.com has confirmed.

The deal, which was first reported by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, sends Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and first-round picks in 2008 and 2010. The Grizzlies also will receive the draft rights to Pau's brother Marc, the Lakers' second-round pick in the 2007 draft.

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The acquisition of Gasol gives the Lakers their first established low-post threat since they traded Shaquille O'Neal to Miami in 2004. Gasol averaged 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in 39 games with Memphis this season.

Gasol, a 7-footer, could fill in at center in place of Andrew Bynum, who is expected to miss at least another month with a knee injury. The Lakers are only 3-5 since losing Bynum, who is averaging 13.1 points and 10.2 rebounds and leads the NBA in field goal percentage.

When Bynum returns, the Lakers would be able to feature a frontcourt of Bynum at center, Gasol at power fowrard and 6-10 Lamar Odom at small forward.

Brown, the first pick in the 2001 draft, is making $9.1 million in the last year of his contract. Crittenton, the Lakers' first-round pick last June, has averaged 7.8 minutes in 22 games.

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