Marc Gasol headed to Raptors as trade deadline heats up

08 February, 2019, 07:48 | Author: Marlene Myers
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A person familiar with the terms says Marc Gasol is going to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that also includes Jonas Valanciunias headed to the Memphis Grizzlies.

In Memphis-Charlotte talks, sources say Tuesday night's Marc Gasol deal was indeed at finish line, short of agreeing on the contracts to match salary. The Raptors (39-16) currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings and are in win-now mode with no guarantee Kawhi Leonard re-signs this offseason. He is the Grizzlies' franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made.

Gasol, 34, represents an upgrade at the centre position for the Raptors.

For weeks, Gasol alluded to the fact that he expected to be traded by the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

The Toronto Raptors are all in for the 2018-2019 season.

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"Markieff was an important part of our team during his time here, and we appreciate his contributions over the last four seasons". The Lithuanian center is now matching his career high of 12.8 points per game with 7.2 rebounds despite averaging just under 19 minutes per contest.

Gasol also has a $25.6 million player option for next season.

It was a bit surprising in light of the Gasol move that the Grizzlies wouldn't go through a hard reset but, in the end, Conley is sticking around.

Miles, who turns 32 in March, is averaging 10 points per game off the bench for Toronto. His shooting woes had become a hot topic among fans of the Raptors, who have struggled with the deep ball in recent weeks. He, too, has a player option for $17.6 million for next season. Maybe not to the exact same extent - particularly when it comes to Miles, who is a volume 3-point shooter - but in a way that makes a three-for-one trade worth Toronto's while.

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