Marc Gasol headed to Raptors as trade deadline heats up

Marc Gasol headed to Raptors as trade deadline heats up

Marc Gasol headed to Raptors as trade deadline heats up

The Raptors are sending Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and a 2024 second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Marc Gasol.

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

Marc Gasol will forever be connected to the city of Memphis.

A fan favourite in Toronto, Valanciunas showed flashes of promise with the Raptors but never fully materialized into a dominant centre.

Toronto (39-16) is two games back of the Milwaukee Bucks (40-13) atop the Eastern Conference.

Just a day after being dealt to the Toronto Raptors in a blockbuster deal, the Grizzlies announced that his No. 33 jersey will "hang in the rafters" alongside Zach Randolph and Tony Allen.

The Grizzlies have been shopping Gasol and star point guard Mike Conley for a month.

"The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role", Parker said, during an interview with L'Espresso.

Even in another bad, anonymous Grizzlies season, Gasol has continued to produce, scoring 15.7 points per game and grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game. Both teams have yet to confirm the deal. Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach. It is not so much that Gasol is no longer good, because he is. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure. Valanciunas was averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds at the time of his injury.

Wright, 26, is averaging 6.9 points per game as a backup for the Raptors.

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

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