National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

Feb 10, 2019, 00:20
National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to trade veteran center Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

The Toronto Raptors have acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including centre Jonas Valanciunas.

The deal is interesting as it provides not only depth across the roster but also provides the Grizzlies a solid guard in Wright who could even see additional minutes if Conley is dealt.

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Gasol is a three-time all-star and the 2013 defensive player of the year. He, too, has a player option for $17.6 million for next season.

Leonard also has a player option for 2019-20, worth $21 million.

Rumours of a possible trade had been swirling around Raptor's organization over the last few days, with both Valančiūnas' and Toronto powerhouse Kyle Lowry mentioned in trade pitches. "I think we all know that those playoffs can get wild and woolly, and he's a guy that's been through them many times".

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The 34-year-old Spanish 7-footer (2.16m) has played for the Grizzlies since making his 2008 National Basketball Association debut but was moved to the contending Raptors at Thursday's league trade deadline.

The Warriors don't face the Raptors again during the regular season, so they will only match up against Gasol if the two teams reach the NBA Finals. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure. The Nets then waived the 28-year-old Monroe, who averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game during his first season with the Raptors. Miles, 31, has been a disappointment, scoring just 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.

Owner Robert Pera issued a statement Friday morning after the franchise confirmed the trade netting Memphis a trio of players and a second-round draft pick in the 2024 draft.

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