The dilemma about what to do with Kwame Brown has been solved for the Lakers. In a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, Kwame Brown has been traded for Pau Gasol:

“…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 a series of recent injuries to inside players, including blossoming center Andrew Bynum.”

link: Lakers ship Brown to Grizzlies for Gasol

With this trade, the Lakers add size and scoring to their front line. Kwame Brown has had a history of struggling and being consistent with his basketball skills. The surprise of the trade is Javaris Crittenton, a player who represented the future for the Lakers. The acquisition of Pau Gasol is a statement by the Lakers that they think they can join the elite teams of their division now. And that this move makes them serious contenders for the post season play.

Kobe Bryant must be pleased. This has been what he has wanted and vocally requested for some time.

Catherine Forsythe

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