Raptors get Gasol from Grizzlies

Kyle Lowry Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are finalizing a deal that would send three players and a draft pick to Memphis for Marc Gasol, ESPN is reporting.

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley Jr. has denied reports that he would not want to play for the Utah Jazz should the Jazz be able to trade for the available veteran. The Hornets had been the favorite to land the Memphis big man, but Gasol is now headed to Canada.

But the 32-year-old, addressing the rumours ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, insists he does not want to leave Toronto.

Gasol, a three-time All-Star and former defensive player of the year, doesn't generate headlines like some other big men in the National Basketball Association, but the 34-year-old is having another strong season averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Valanciunas hadn't played December 12 due to thumb surgery and would have been redundant with the addition of Gasol. 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.

Valanciunas had been expected to return to the court Thursday after missing 25 games with an injured thumb.




He made two moves just prior to the 2017 deadline, acquring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic and P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns.

"Markieff was an important part of our team during his time here, and we appreciate his contributions over the last four seasons".

It was flop-sweats time for Raptors fans and, even if they might not admit, for Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster and everyone else in the Toronto front office. The Lithuanian big man heads to Memphis averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season. I just know one thing.

Wright, who will become a free agent after the 2019-20 season, is averaging 6.9 points and 2.2 assists this season.

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