Lakers deal for Gasol

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Big man Pau Gasol (left) will get to play alongside Lakers star Kobe Bryant after being traded from Memphis on Friday.

LOS ANGELES --- The Los Angeles Lakers bolstered their banged-up frontline Friday with the acquisition of Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers gave up Brunswick, Ga. native Kwame Brown, rookie Javaris Crittenton -- a former Georgia Tech star -- and two first-round draft picks for Gasol. The Spaniard is certain to help a Lakers team reeling from recent injuries to inside players, including blossoming center Andrew Bynum.

Gasol, averaging 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in 39 games this season, can fill in at center until Bynum returns in mid-March and then move to power forward. The NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 and an All-Star four years later, he has averaged 18.8 points and 8.6 rebounds in 476 career games.

The Grizzlies will get the Lakers' first-round draft choices in 2008 and 2010; guard Aaron McKie, signed earlier Friday for salary cap purposes, and the rights to Gasol's brother Marc, a former second-round pick of Los Angeles. The Lakers also receive the Grizzlies' second-round pick in 2010.

The Lakers were 28-16, second in the Pacific Division, entering Friday night's game at Toronto.

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