Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

Memphis will keep guard Mike Conley following Thursday's trade deadline. Keeping that in mind, the Raptors are a high caliber team that can use Gasol to boost their way to the postseason, finals, and a hopeful championship in Toronto. Pera thanked Gasol, saying they look forward to one day welcoming the center back with his jersey hanging in the FedExForum rafters next to those of Zach Randolph and Tony Allen. While Gasol and Conley were both hot-button topics over recent days, many believed the veteran center would be heading to the Charlotte Hornets. Zero. We're good, and I think his mind is focused on this run. Later in what turned into a marathon day, they sent Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to Brooklyn for cash considerations.

Parker averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game last season for the Spurs.

It's a power move for a Toronto team looking to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference.

It's not a surprise that Toronto made a move because Philly added Tobias Harris and Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic.

Gasol, 34, was in his 12th season with Memphis. The version of Gasol from even two years ago would render this deal a no-brainer. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary.

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

Wright, who was selected 20th overall by the Raptors in the 2015 draft, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this year.

Jonas Valanciunas had been sidelined since December 12 (Dec. 13, PHL time) with a dislocated left thumb.

The team plans to aggressively pursue options who have been, or will be, made available in the buyout market, the Raptors president said during his post-deadline press conference.

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