Today in History: Lakers acquire Pau Gasol


While times in Laker land are bad, it’s nice to look back at brighter moments in the past. Six years ago, the Lakers were in the precarious position of being a contender, but missing the final piece to put them over the top. In typical Mitch Kupchak fashion, he swung a deal that no one saw coming, acquiring Pau Gasol in exchange for Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the rights to Marc Gasol, and first round draft picks in 2008 and 2010.

Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) smiles at power forward Pau Gasol (16) after he completed a triple double in the second half of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Lakers won 101-81. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The trade catapulted the Lakers into title contention, sending them to the next three Finals and winning the latter two. Pau Gasol has become a staple for the Lakers since, placing himself among some of the Lakers best big men in history. For the Grizzlies, the trade had nearly equal consequences, with Marc Gasol turning into one of the best big men in the league, capturing NBA Defensive Player of the Year last season.

We often forget how great Gasol has been for the Lakers in his short time here, especially with his constant involvement in trade rumors. But in his short time here, Gasol is one of only seven big men in Lakers history with 7000 points, 4000 rebounds, and 1400 assists. Gasol’s accolades in the purple and gold have him among consideration for having his jersey retired, an impressive feat considering his short tenure.

What do you think, Lakers nation? Should the Lakers retire Gasol’s jersey?