Let me start by saying that the Lakers got a great deal. But, I think the media is overemphasizing how bad the deal was for Memphis. I don't think this deal rises to the point where a committee should be appointed to veto trades like this. Several coaches/GM's around the league are advocating such a committee.
Memphis wanted to free up cap space to rebuild. There are few, if any, expiring contracts for horrible players as large as Kwame Brown's. That frees up a ton of space and allows Memphis to pursue free agents (whether they land any is another ?).
Memphis also got Crittenton who was a 1st round pick with some potential.
They also get 2 1st round picks in 2008 and 2010 to help the rebuilding process.
Plus, Memphis really believes Pau's brother, Marc Gasol will be good. The guy was MVP of the Spanish League. I doubt he will be as good as Pau, but he might be a serviceable NBA player.
Combine the cap space, draft picks, young PG, and overseas project with potential and I think Memphis got some value in return. Again, they got the worst end of the deal. But, I don't think its so bad that committee's should be established to veto trades like this.
What are your thoughts?