SACRAMENTO -- A day after it happened, the Bulls were still getting used to the idea that Memphis decided to trade 7-footer Pau Gasol to the Lakers for very little in return. The Bulls had been chasing Gasol for more than a year.
The Grizzlies received Kwame Brown's expiring contract, rookie guard Javaris Crittenton, all-but-retired Aaron McKie, the rights to Gasol's brother Marc and two first-round draft picks.
Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace explained his thinking to the Memphis media this way:
"Before, I said I wanted to have long-term players coming back moreso than draft picks and salary-cap room and everything, but I've changed my mind," he said. "Brown was the highest expiring contract we could find in the league."
Before Saturday's game in Sacramento, Bulls coach Jim Boylan gave his thoughts on the Gasol trade.
"I can see what Memphis is trying to do and, obviously, it makes the Lakers a real strong team. I think Memphis is moving in a different direction. They decided that they're going to, it looks like, clear some salary-cap space and see what they can do with that."
Boylan didn't disagree with the notion that Memphis got little in return for a former all-star.
"It seems that way, but I think inside teams, they have a strategy," he said. "So I think Memphis has a plan and I think they did what they thought was best for them."
Noah catches up: The Bulls' back-to-back games against Minnesota this week were unusual, but they gave Joakim Noah a good opportunity to visit with former Florida teammate Corey Brewer.
Brewer said in a television interview that the first thing he did when the Timberwolves arrived in Chicago on Monday night was head to Noah's house. The Bulls also spent an extra night in Minneapolis before departing for Sacramento.
"It's cold out there in Minnesota, but it was definitely good to see him," Noah said. "He's probably one of my best friends. It's always good to see your friends. It was quick, but it was cool because he got to see how I was doing for a couple hours and then I got to see him."
Asked why he and Brewer hit it off so well at Florida, Noah gave a simple answer.
"Because we won," he said.
Bull horns: Mike Brown reported for duty Saturday as the Bulls' new assistant coach who will work with the team's big men. ... Forward Viktor Khryapa stayed in the rotation, entering Saturday's contest late in the first quarter. ... There was an amusing sight at Friday's Kings-Hornets game. After Sacramento's Ron Artest scored in the post against former Bulls teammate Tyson Chandler, Artest ran down the court with both arms raised, flexing his biceps.