Memphis Grizzlies agree to trade veteran Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

10 February, 2019, 06:16 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Rumors: Pacers made an offer for Mike Conley

The Raptors are planning to deal away their former fifth overall draft pick (2011) Jonas Valanciunas along with Delon Wright and C.J. Miles to Memphis.

Will the trade market for Mike Conley broaden if the Grizzlies wait until closer to the draft in June?

Overall, it will be hard to see Gasol in anything other than a Memphis uniform, especially after the way the season started, but keep in mind, this can the chance for him to get the ring he deserves.

"Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons", Pera said.

Given their position in the standings (they have the second-most wins in the NBA) and the uncertain future of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are clearly in win-now mode.

In a separate deal, the Raptors traded veteran center Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations.

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For the first time in his National Basketball Association career, the uniform Marc Gasol puts on for his next game will not be the threads of the Memphis Grizzlies. The 76ers and Bucks also made major moves ahead of the trade deadline, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

But the last time that Memphis traded a Gasol brother, it led to Pau Gasol's first championship in 2009, with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gasol is the best player in Memphis franchise history.

Valanciunas has been out since mid-December with a thumb injury but was going to make his return Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

The 26-year-old Wright, who was selected by Toronto in the first round of the 2015 draft, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes of action per game this season. The 34-year-old big man has a player option for next season which comes with a cap hit of more than $25.59 million, per Spotrac. Miles, 31, has been a disappointment, scoring just 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.

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