Pau Pau New Laker

February 1, 2008

Ever have one of those days where you’re hung over because you went to the bar after being laid off the day before, then your washing machine breaks and the repair man that later shows up can’t fix it, then the vertical blinds your girlfriend ordered arrive but are too short because you were too incompetent to properly use a tape measure the first time? No? Well, take it from me, its not much fun.

What is fun, however, are NBA trades! If you hadn’t yet heard, the Grizzlies sent grizzly Spaniard Pau Gasol to the Lakers along with a second-round draft pick in 2010 for Kwame Brown (pronounced “cap relief”), Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the rights to Marc Gasol, and first-round draft picks in 2008 and 2010. Memphis has talked about trading away Pau for a couple of seasons now, and his big contract didn’t much jive with the rebuilding the Grizzlies are doing. As for his fantasy value, I expect Pau to put up better numbers than he did in Memphis because the Lakers are hungry for any kind of help inside with Andrew Bynum on the shelf. However, when Bynum returns, both he and Gasol will probably see their averages dip from where they are currently. In the end, Kobe Bryant is the big winner with defenses finally needing to help out inside with not one, but two capable scoring options.

The big losers? Well, owners who were hoping to get something out of Ronny Turiaf for at least a few weeks are out of luck, and those who picked up Brown in hopes he’d help in Bynum’s absence can chuck him back into the free agent pool. He’ll be a role player at best in Memphis. Hakim Warrick’s value will take the biggest jump because Stromile Swift is en route to New Jersey for one of the Collins brothers (not Phil) and Warrick fits the uptempo, athletic feel that coach Mark Iavaroni grew comfortable with in Phoenix.

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