Pau Gasol has been traded to the Lakers, of all places, for the waste of air and space that is Kwame Brown and some other stuff that's still being reported on. We'll update this with our thoughts as we go. Call it a live-trade open thread.
Corn: cannot be truewhy in the world would the grizz take crittentoni understand kwames deal is coming off the booksbut after having deals on the table for gordon, thomas and a pick last yearwhy would the settle for kwame, crittenton (yet another young pg they dont need) and 2 late first round picks?heisley has got to be selling the teamSent at 2:22 PM on Fridayme: I guess they're planning on being active in free agencyany 15s?Corn:: no they arentwho are they gonna get in free agency?who wants to play in memphis?me: money talks.Corn:: they dont have that much moneyseriously, think about the available free agents this summerwho would seriously consider signing with the grizzzits just such a stupid deal, judging by what was being thrown around for gasol even as little as 6 months agothis proves why their franchise will never be important in the nbaCorn:: they should have pulled the trigger thenCorn:: we kept imploring them tobut no, they thought that conley and darko would just magically make this team into a playoff contenderand now they have 2 big guys who get frustrated easy and cant scoreand a bunch of guys on the wing who will jack up shotsthey may not win another game the rest of the yearthe two biggest busts of this century (according to a lot of outlets) now are starting on the same teamwho goes for that?oh yeah, thats rightthey have boston's old assistant GMwhy am i not surprised
So that's Corn with his usual light-hearted banter and supportive analysis. This is pretty awesome, though. Kwame Brown and Darko on one team.
Update: 2:36PM: Okay, looks like it's official and all. Really, Memphis? Kwame Brown's expiring, Javaris Crittenton, and two picks from a team that won't be in the lottery until well after you've got their picks? Really?
Also, 3 Shades of Blue (who you should really check out for better coverage of this) is reporting the missing player is Aaron McKee.
Corn: the nets are trying to send jason collins to the grizz for stromile swiftme: yeah, heard that this morningit's basically a washCorn: no it is notthe grizz lose againthey might as well chain up their fans (all 11 of them) to the pyramid and let the vultures reign down on their carcasses and feast on their innardsme: no, seriously, it's a washthey're both expiringCorn: that is the promethean like penance you must pay for being a fan of the most imcompetent team in the nbame: neither of them have seen the floor in weeeksCorn: then why make the trade?me: and swift got suspended recentlysaves them 1 mil.Corn:: if they are both expiring, why even make the tradea million to do what with?burn in front of your fans during a halftime show?me: oh, actuallynoswift has a player option for a year extensionCorn:3 shades might as well send me some anthrax in the mailbecause i will NEVER have another moderately supportive thing to say about their bloody diarrhea of a team ever again
He's a poet, really. I don't mind either deal that much, except for helping out the Lakers like that without a clear plan is a little ridiculous. They are aware that NEXT year's free agent class is much better, right?
Update: 2:52 PM: Okay, apparently we're the ones taking crazy pills, because everyone else is ready to say that the Lakers will be winning the next nine championships by bringing in an aging, injury-prone, soft big man that shoots too much from the elbows and has only proven that he can excel on mediocre to bad teams. Call us crazy, but we're not necessarily convinced that Gasol is the answer. People are reacting like it's judgement day, only instead of big killer robots, it's like Yao Ming just got traded to LA. Let's go over this, one more time. Kobe Bryant likes to shoot. All the time. Every day. Every game. Getting Pau Gasol will not change that. Bynum is the key to whether they can win a championship or not. Will Gasol make them a better team? Obviously. They lost Kwame Brown, for God's sake. But let's back off on throwing them the parades until they prove they can beat one of the big Western three in the playoffs, shall we?