O.C. Register: In a now-it-can-be-told admission, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged that the trade late last season that brought forward-center Pau Gasol to the Lakers resulted in the Lakers giving up less than the Memphis Grizzlies originally sought.

Kupchak explained the particulars of the request made by the Grizzlies in a recent Q-and-A on lakers.com.

In that blockbuster deal, that essentially helped catapult the Lakers to the Western Conference title and into the NBA Finals, Gasol was acquired Feb. 1 in exchange for center Kwame Brown, veteran guard Aaron McKie, rookie guard Javaris Crittenton, two future first-round draft picks, and the rights to Gasol’s younger brother, forward Marc Gasol, whom the Lakers used a second-round pick in the 2007 NBA draft to select.

The Lakers had a pair of second-round picks last year. Gasol was selected 48th overall, eight picks after the Lakers drafted Sun. The younger Gasol spent the 2007-2008 season playing in Europe.

In the end, the Lakers were able to hold on to Sun, primarily because of the scouting report that assistant general manager Ronnie Lester prepared for Kupchak, after Lester evaluated Sun in Singapore, a month before the trade was consummated.

So, instead of wearing the black and blue colors of the Memphis Grizzlies, Sun will be in purple and gold, after signing a two-year guaranteed contract last month with the Lakers.

  • Angelo Vergara

    I would have told Memphis if they want Sun they gotta let us have JCritt.

  • e

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    or at least marc gasol

  • samoht25

    Met him today at Montebello, not much of a talker.

  • bryan

    My friend Thomas and I saw Sun Yue at the Montebello Costco today. I was in line rushing to buy dog food because the place was about to close. My friend went to greet him asking him if he was Sun Yue from the Lakers, but he just shook his head and walked away. We were quite sure it was him because we spotted a mole that he had on his neck. We went back home and googled some images of him and found that same mole. At first I made excuses for him, maybe he didn’t know english? Come to find out that he does speak some English and I am sure he knows his own name and his own team name. Anyway, I still wish him the best of luck on the Lakers.

  • Smush Walton

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    Did you introduce yourself as “Bryan” from the “TheLakersNation” blog? Most likely he was reacting to your posts from last season.


    I wish Critt. didn’t have to leave.Memphis has no clue what to do with’em,they were talkin’ to Miami but I think the deal went dead…we should try to get’em back.

  • Geloman

    Who do you think will be more successful in the league:

    JCrit or Sun Yue? It’s obvious the Lakers didn’t want to part with Sun so they probably see more upside for him or at least more impact on the team because of his height and specific skillset.

  • Lakers24-7-365

    lol i was at costco too!!! sun was there!?!?!?! CRAP. THE ONLY LAKERS I EVER SAW WAS MAGIC BACK IN 2006 at sears signing autographs here in cerritos. i wanted to see sun =(

  • kb

    MEYO 4 SUE