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Grizzlies Owner Questioning Gasol Deal

I’m really struggling to comprehend why Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley would even make these comments. What happened when his GM approached him for final approval of the Gasol trade? “Hey boss, I got these suckers on the line, I’ve convinced them to send me a former #1 pick and two more 1st rounders, and all those dummies want in exchange is Pau.” “Sounds good to me, let’s make it happen!” Seriously, what I wouldn’t do to hear what really went on behind the scenes for that deal. Anyway, I was meaning to address this since reading it on Tuesday. Check out the comments Grizzlies owner Heisley made to Yahoo! Sports regarding the trade that had Gregg Popovich oh so peeved:

“I don’t know if I got the most value,” Heisley confessed. “Maybe our people should’ve shopped (Gasol) more and maybe we would’ve gotten more, done a better deal. Maybe Chris did call every team in the league. I don’t think he did, but maybe he should’ve…”

“I don’t know if I got the most value,” he said.

Well, maybe, just maybe, GM Chris Wallace knows something we don’t know. Maybe the Lakers will have a poor 2010 season and the Grizzlies will wind up with a top 5 lottery pick and land a superstar. I dunno. I still don’t get that trade on multiple fronts, and neither do most people. Wallace must have been hammered that day. Had to have been. Maybe he decided, “What the eff, I’m in the trading mood today. First person who calls about Pau has themselves a deal.” And credit Kupchak for picking up the phone and being the lucky winner — least he made it happen. As for questions about the deal being fixed, if that were the case, I doubt Heisley would publicly be questioning it. He’d be standing by his GM all the way.

George Karl Rips Pau Gasol Trade

To refresh your memory, first it was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich who bashed the Pau Gasol trade, saying there should be a trade committee that must approve deals. Pretty much anyone who’s seen the Lakers play since Pau (long as you’re not a Lakers fan) has to be upset with Memphis for giving up Pau for nearly nothing. Count Nuggets coach George Karl as one still in disbelief over the trade, as he mentioned to ESPN in an interviewed aired during the Nuggets/Spurs game Friday night:

“I’m with Pop on the Gasol trade. [The Nuggets media relations director] told me about the trade, I said ‘the league can’t let that happen. There’s no way.’ That’s not going to happen. I swear, I said ‘there’s no way that’s happening.’ It was like a gift — Christmas come early. It was a surprise package underneath the tree.”

We’ve broke down some of the recent one-sided deals in the NBA back when Popovich made his comments, but at least some of those teams were getting back at least one useful player, as opposed to Memphis which really got nothing. So, the question must then be asked: is David Stern really using his power to pull these strings? Something tells me the answer is yes.

Gregg Popovich Rips Pau Gasol Trade

It was only a matter of time before someone said what everyone was thinking — the Lakers ripped the Grizzlies off. They acquired a premium player like Pau Gasol, who pretty much single-handedly got the Grizzlies into the playoffs a few times, for the likes of nearly nothing. Kwame Brown, Javaris Critenton, Pau’s brother Marc, and a pair of first-round picks isn’t exactly a king’s ransom. About the only thing there worth any value would be the draft picks, but you figure the Lakers are getting Pau so those picks will probably be late first-round, like 25th or so. So when you think about it, what did the Lakers give up? Not a whole lot. And that’s what makes Spurs coach Gregg Popovich so peeved:

“What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” said Popovich. “There should be a trade committee that can scratch all trades that make no sense. I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.”

I wonder what he has to say about the Shaq trade huh? Guess Pop feels a bit threatened — as well he should. The Spurs might be the defending champions, but now the Lakers provide some serious competition. I’ll still give the nod to San Antonio, but the gap has certainly closed. The playoffs are going to be quite exciting, to say the least.

Pau Gasol’s Brother Is a Draft Prospect

Automatically when I saw the last name Gasol, I was intrigued. Think about it, Gasol isn’t exactly a common back-of-the-jersey stitching, unless it’s the Jones of Spain or something. But Peter Schrager’s mock draft on foxsports.com has Marc Gasol going 22nd overall to the Bobcats — and that’s pretty high. Who knew? Certainly not me, so I feel like it’s time to get to know this guy a bit.

Marc is a 7’1″ 265lb center from Barcelona, playing for some nose itch team named Akasvayu Girona, International. Or something like that. The best case scenario compares Marc to Mehmet Okur (pre-Spurs series I hope), and the worst case has him as a Marc Jackson clone. May God have mercy on his soul. We do know he certainly has some size, in both respects. Reports say that when he came to Memphis to play high school ball he got too chunky too quickly, and it affected his game. I think it’s always better to have meat on dem bones, and 265lbs ain’t bad to me.

So what are the chances the guy’s any good? Judging by his Team Spain FIBA numbers, there isn’t much hope. But he is young, and he does have the bloodlines. But I’m afraid that’s all he has. And personally, I think we already have enough Gasol’s in the NBA. But that’s just me.