Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Kyle Lowry Raptors Mike Conley Grizzlies Toronto Raptors Acquire Marc Gasol In Trade With Memphis Grizzlies
Shannon Reynolds | 09 February, 2019, 11:56

Memphis will keep guard Mike Conley following Thursday's trade deadline.

A person familiar with the terms tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Raptors have acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including centre Jonas Valanciunas.

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.

Gasol, 34, has been linked to a couple of Eastern Conference teams, but he's reportedly heading to the Toronto Raptors.

But adding Gasol to the mix will be a huge addition for the Raptors, who now have multiple winners of the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award.

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His numbers after being picked 10th on the 2016 NBA Draft, are 4.7 points, 0.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. Smith was acquired by the Bucks from the Wizards in a three-team trade on December 7, 2018.

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Miles, who turns 32 in March, is averaging 10 points per game off the bench for Toronto.

The 32-year-old sharpshooter is now part of the New York Knicks (with a buyout impending) after being traded by the Dallas Mavericks in the deal that centered around Kristaps Porzingis.

Gasol is making $24 million this season and has a $25.6 million player option for next year. The former second-team All-American is averaging 8.0 points, 2.9 asissts, 2.9 rebounds and 20 minutes this season in his third season as an National Basketball Association reserve.

Gasol, a second-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, will now get to play for a legitimate NBA Finals contender in the Raptors.

Valanciunas, Miles and Wright can enter free agency next season. Whether he'll opt into that player option is anyone's guess, and it probably won't become clear until the after the playoffs.

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