Grizz Owner Now Questioning The Gasol Trade
Old 06-04-2008, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A little too late now. Chris Wallace should be fired for that deal alone. At the time the deal cleared favoured the Lakers, but months later and some more time to reflect and see first hand Gasol's impact with the Lakers, this has to be considered one the biggest steals of all time in the NBA. Would you not agree? Or has there been bigger rip-off deals?

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When much of the league was determined to make a serious bid for the 7-footer, how could Memphis settle so long before the February trade deadline for such a paltry offer out of the Lakers?

For the first time, even Heisley wondered whether his general manager, Chris Wallace, blew it by caving so soon to the Lakers.

“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…”

Around the league, nothing will change this belief: Whatever the reasoning, this was one of the NBA’s worst trades in years. Most of all, rival executives wonder why they never had a chance to submit a best offer. For Gasol, the 7-footer who transformed the Lakers in the absence of Andrew Bynum, the Grizzlies were willing to take back the expiring contract of Kwame Brown, rookie point guard Javaris Crittenton, two future No. 1 picks and the draft rights to Gasol’s brother, Marc.

Crittenton is nothing special, and those draft picks in 2008 and 2010 will be near, if not at the end of, the first round. Gasol had demanded a trade out of Memphis, had been moping around, giving less than his best. Yes, he had to go, but you don’t trade your franchise player without getting back a minimum of a sure-thing young star and/or two solid young starters. For Memphis, salary-cap space will probably turn out to be money that’ll never make it back into the roster.

The one-sided nature of the trade inspired a lot of people to believe that retired Memphis GM, Jerry West, a Lakers’ legend, played a part in facilitating the deal. West was instrumental recruiting Wallace as his replacement in Memphis and still holds a close relationship with Heisley. His history in Los Angeles, especially his bond with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and star Kobe Bryant, made even the fair-minded cynical about the scenario.

Several sources close to the process insist West played no part, and Heisley swears, “Jerry didn’t know about the trade until after it was done.”

Still, it hasn’t stopped a rampant anger around the league that this wasn’t so much of a trade, as much as it was the word that Bryant himself used: a “donation.” Privately, the Lakers were thrilled that they were able to keep negotiations with the Grizzlies quiet because Los Angeles officials were blown away that they could get Gasol for so little.

One source with knowledge of the process said the Bulls had made the most credible offer. For Gasol and Memphis’ Hakim Warrick, the Bulls were willing to part with Andres Nocioni, Tyrus Thomas, Joakim Noah, Thabo Sefolosha, possibly Adrian Griffin and draft picks.
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The raps could have given them a better deal than the Lakers did.They stole Gasol while keeping Bynom,Odom,Fisher and of course Bryant.They were soooooo robbed!
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this has to be considered one the biggest steals of all time in the NBA. Would you not agree? Or has there been bigger rip-off deals?
you're asking toronto fans this question?


how does this rate with the VC one? which one was worse?
i still think ours was worse... but this one is getting worse by the minute, especially when LA wins it all.
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you're asking toronto fans this question?


how does this rate with the VC one? which one was worse?
i still think ours was worse... but this one is getting worse by the minute, especially when LA wins it all.
I agree the VC trade was absolutely a rediculous joke of a trade.And i believe it was worse than the Gasol trade but not by much.
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you're asking toronto fans this question?


how does this rate with the VC one? which one was worse?
i still think ours was worse... but this one is getting worse by the minute, especially when LA wins it all.
That is a tough call INSIDER, but maybe I'll open this up and add a poll to this discussion.
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VC trade gets my vote.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That is a tough call INSIDER, but maybe I'll open this up and add a poll to this discussion.
Poll is now up and running fellas.

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Old 06-04-2008, 04:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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but u know how much money the VC trade was saved up for collagenlo to work up some magic....ALOT!
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but u know how much money the VC trade was saved up for collagenlo to work up some magic....ALOT!
Actually most of the flexibilty BC got when he arrived was due to the Jalen Rose deal with Davis's expiring contract coming back in return.
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The Gasol trade wasn't THAT bad. They cleared some cap space plus they got his younger brother, Marc, who from what I heard is going to be a beast.
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