Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Grizzlies trade Gasol to Raptors for Valanciunas, others

Grizzlies trade Gasol to Raptors for Valanciunas, others

Valanciunas, 26, has been the Raptors' starting center and has compiled season averaged of 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds.

On the season, Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 33.7 minutes per game.

The Memphis Grizzlies have signaled the end of an era, agreeing to trade franchise cornerstone Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors ahead of Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Gasol is slated to make $24.1 million United States this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.

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

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The trade deadline ends at 2 p.m. Thursday.

It will be interesting to see just how much of an upgrade this deal is for the Raptors, but it was certainly worth a roll of the dice considering how little they had to give up for the veteran big man. But at just 20 years old, Fultz likely will generate continued interest on the trade market.

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

The Toronto Raptors acquired three-time All-Star Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies prior to this afternoon's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas is expected to play Thusday against the Atlanta Hawks after missing the last 25 games recovering from a dislocated thumb. "I love Toronto and I want to stay here". He did mention that getting a third team involved might help facilitate this deal at the time. 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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