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The Heist: Feb. 1, 2008: Paul Gasol was traded by the Memphis Grizzlies with a 2010 second-round draft pick (Devin Ebanks) to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Marc Gasol, Aaron McKie, a 2008 first-round draft pick (Donte Greene) and a 2010 first-round draft pick (Greivis Vasquez).
The biggest trade-deadline coup of all goes to the Los Angeles Lakers, who acquired one of the league's best big men for what appeared to be half of their scrap heap.
Some will say that time and the development of Marc Gasol have made this a decent trade for the Memphis Grizzlies, but in the short term, L.A. won this in a landslide.
Pau Gasol was averaging 18.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, three assists and 1.4 blocks per game for Memphis during the 2007-08 season. The Lakers got him for Marc Gasol, Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie and a couple of first-round picks. Brown and Crittenton were the only players in the deal who'd even suited up for L.A. that season.
On the day the deal went down, ESPN.com's Marc Stein relayed the sentiments of the rest of the league:
The reaction was thus widespread shock (and disgust) when word began to circulate that the Lakers, without warning, were able to add Gasol for seemingly nothing. "There's not a lot of happy campers out here," said one West exec, echoing the sort of surprise I heard from pretty much every team I spoke to Friday night.
After the deal, both Brown and Crittenton spiraled toward forced retirements from the NBA. And though Marc Gasol wound up being one of the league's best centers, he wasn't ready to help L.A. win titles during the back end of Kobe Bryant's prime.
His older brother was. Pau Gasol was named an All-Star three times with the Lakers. In six-and-a-half seasons in L.A., he averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
And most importantly, he was the second wheel on two championship teams.
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Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him @AndrewDBailey.