Gasol traded to Lakers
Grizzlies deal star forward for salary cap relief
By Ronald Tillery (Contact)
Originally published 01:31 p.m., February 1, 2008
Updated 01:31 p.m., February 1, 2008
The Commercial Appeal has learned that the Grizzlies have traded Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers for center Kwame Brown, rookie guard Javaris Crittenton and first-round draft picks in 2008 and 2010.
The decision was made that the Grizzlies could no longer move forward with Gasol on and off the basketball court.
The deal allows the Grizzlies to gain salary cap relief, as Brown is in the final year of a deal that pays $9,075,000.
Also today, a Grizzlies source said that forward Stromile Swift has been traded to the New Jersey Nets for center Jason Collins.
The Grizzlies and Nets have been discussing a deal for the past week, and it is expected to be finalized on Monday.
To that end, Swift had a meeting with Griz coach Marc Iavaroni and general manager Chris Wallace Friday, was sent home and did not practice with the team. Swift will not play in Saturday's game against Utah at FedExForum.