Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  17 responses

Grizzlies Celebrating Benefits of Pau Gasol Trade

According to the front-office and the local media, the Gasol trade is looking less and less ridiculous with each passing day: “Memphis, looking back at it now, made a pretty good deal,’ Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told the Los Angeles Times. ‘At the time, they took a beating. They ended up getting a player (Marc Gasol) that we both knew was a good player and he’s going to get a lot better. They got a lot of flexibility. They got multiple draft picks. I’m happy for Memphis because that’s how it should be.’ Although former Griz coach Mike Fratello is on the record as saying he would have never made the trade, Wallace doesn’t regret going to Griz owner Michael Heisley in December of 2007 with a plea to move Gasol. Heisley relented and then finally gave in to Wallace’s wish — with the condition that the Griz didn’t take on long-term contracts. ‘And we don’t have any bad contracts going forward to this day,’ GM Chris Wallace said. ‘I think it’s a win-win for both teams. They won off it. They won a title. But we have rejuvenated our franchise. We have a bright future in large part because of the assets we got back from that trade. We still have some gifts to come. If we would have stayed with Pau, it would have been impossible to bring in that rainmaking veteran player that he could have played off of and be that strong No. 2 guy. If we had stayed status quo I don’t think we’d be as far along.”‘

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  • Royal

    If the lakers would have included Andrew Bynum in the trade instead of Marc Gasol would they have still won a championship?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    I wonder if the Wiz will be saying this two years from now about the Cavs …

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    still a dumb trade. could have gotten the same thing and more from so many other teams.

  • Fat Lever

    Marc Gasol looks like a legit C. Give him another year or two, getting used to his lower playing weight, he’ll put up very solid numbers.

  • The D Train

    wait a second, the Lakers GM is saying it was a good trade and so is the Memphis GM? stop the presses!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Marc Gasol is excelent but Cordeazy is EXACLY RIGHT!!even the Lakers, to be fair, would have to include Bynum with lilGasol, who seems thougher than his brother, just for the record.

  • http://thacorner.net/forums Kevin

    Marc Gasol bailed Chris Wallace out on this one. If Gasol wasn’t as good as he is, and the Grizz dont have the decent season their having. Wallace would still be looked at as an idiot

  • LA Huey

    Wallace got lucky with this trade and Z-Bo. He’s got a bad enough track record as a GM to say this is luck.

  • Joey E.

    Pau his 2nd year: 19/9/2.8 ast. 51%FG 13 shots per game

  • Joey E.

    Marc his 2nd year: 15/9/2.3 ast/ 58% 10 shots per game

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    dachshund time

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    Joey e: not sure what you wanted to imply with posting their 2nd year stats, but I’ll bite. If you’re saying that Marc’s point production is less than Pau’s, remember that at that time, Pau was central to Memphis’ offense; Marc now has Z-bo to contend with for touches. And this may just be the Laker-hater in me rearing it’s ugly head, but I like Marc waay more than Pau. Marc’s a bruiser and defends better.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Yes ely your laker-hater not only reared its ugly head, it also puked out its useless brain. “Waay” more than pau, you’ve got to be kidding me. But I guess everybody’s got a right to be stupid.

  • boogster

    as a lakers’ supporter, these days I would happily swap the brothers, just based on their ages. As for the who’s better debate, well it’s debatable.

  • Blake

    @ Joey E. Pau was the Memphis Grizzlies only post offense option. Marc Gasol is sharing offense with Gay, Mayo and Randolph. How can you compare those stats.
    I think their both solid players

  • SWIFTboy

    Seems to me that Joey e was actually trying to make the point that in their second year, both Pau and Marc have similar stats. I don’t think he was trying to say Marc scores less and is thus less effective, because he included the fact that Marc takes three less shots per game, with a high FG%. I think Melvin and Blake missed his point, or maybe I did.

  • fahzzy

    i agree with you swiftboy. joey e was definitely just showing that the two of them are very similar in production during their second years in the league, not trying to show that pau is better. I think the grizz have a great center in the making in marc right now,