(AFP) – Feb 1, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AFP) — Pau Gasol, the Spanish center who helped his homeland win the world basketball crown in 2006, has been traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Lakers, a newspaper reported Friday.
The Commercial Appeal reported on its website that Gasol was sent to the Lakers for center Kwame Brown, rookie guard Jarvis Crittenton and first-round National Basketball Association Draft choices this year and in 2010.
The move will give the Lakers a more powerful presence in the middle to help ease the load on guard Kobe Bryant and give the Grizzlies salary cap room with Brown in the last year of a deal worth nine million dollars.
The Memphis newspaper also reported the Grizzlies have traded forward Stromile Swift to the New Jersey Nets for center Jason Collins that is not expected to be confirmed officially until Monday.
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