Memphis Grizzlies center Pau Gasol may be joining the Los Angeles Lakers shortly, according to media reports in Los Angeles and Memphis.
The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Friday on its Web site that the Grizzlies have dealt Gasol to the Lakers for Kwame Brown, rookie guard Javaris Crittenton and first-round draft picks in 2008 and 2010.
The Los Angeles Times, on its Web site, reported that the Lakers are in negotiations to send Brown, Crittendon and draft picks to Memphis for Gasol.
It is also believed that the Lakers would need to arrange a sign-and-trade for Aaron McKie, who is not currently playing in NBA, to make the salary cap math work for the deal.
According to the Commercial Appeal, the Grizzlies decided to move ahead with trading Gasol because the team felt it could not longer move ahead with him off or on the court -- and that the acquisition of Brown, who is earning $9,075,000 in the last year of his contract, would provide the franchise salary cap relief.
The Commercial Appeal also reported that the Grizzlies are sending Stromile Swift to the New Jersey Nets for center Jason Collins. The Grizzlies and Nets have been discussing that deal for the past week and expect to finalize it on Monday, according to the report.
Swift met with Grizzlies coach Marc Iavaroni and general manager Chris Wallace on Friday, was sent home and did not practice with the team and will not play in Saturday's game against Utah, the newspaper reported.
ESPN.com NBA writer Marc Stein contributed to this report.
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