The Kevin Garnett Trade Was More Lopsided Than the Pau Gasol Trade

June 2nd, 2012 by Ethan Sherwood Strauss Leave a reply »
Hey, remember the Pau Gasol trade? If you thought it was lopsided, perhaps you recall it as the "Kwame Brown trade." There was widespread caterwauling (caterwauling!) over how the Los Angeles Lakers had lucked out, how they'd been given a gift that your fantasy league commissioner would surely block.

When the Kevin Garnett trade happened, the outrage was less so. Boston had not competed for titles since the 1980s, so there was less of a "rich getting richer" vibe to the deal making. Also, the combination of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett felt more like a grand experiment than assured success.

The principle on Minnesota's side of the deal was a young, promising Al Jefferson. The perceived principle on the other side of the Gasol trade was the much-maligned Kwame Brown. Of course, we now know that Marc Gasol was the main trade piece going to Memphis, but that's retrospect talking. 

The Lakers and Boston Celtics prospered due to their trades, but so did the Memphis Grizzlies. For that latter reason, the Lakers-Grizzlies deal was less lopsided than the Celtics-Timberwolves swap. Memphis got a younger, top big man and successfully re- ...

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