Looking back at the Gasol trade, I think it's become a lot more clear that this wasn't as horrible a trade as it was made out to be. In fact, I think you can make a case that the Grizzlies did well for themselves.
They gave up Gasol, but now have gotten:
- Javaris Crittenton - a promising PG prospect, even if they're loaded at that position
- Darrell Arthur - a promising PF prospect
- Marc Gasol - a promising C prospect, who was just MVP of the Spanish league (arguably the best league in Europe).
- 9M in Salary Cap relief between Kwame Brown and Aaron Mckie
- the Lakers 2010 first round pick.
That's really not a bad haul for a high-end complimentary player like Gasol. I mean, he's 20/8 guy, which is great, but he's not a Duncan or even Amare caliber star.
I think perhaps people jumped on this trade so aggressively because the Lakers didn't have to give up any rotation players except Brown. But, in retrospect, I think that may speak more to the fact that the Lakers had a lot of quality, expendable assets outside their rotation rather than Memphis made a bad deal.
Perhaps, there were better deals, but, to me, Darrell Arthur/Marc Gasol/Javaris Crittenton/9M in cap space/1st Round Pick is pretty good for a one-time all star.