Raptors Agree To Trade With Grizzlies For Marc Gasol

08 February, 2019, 08:43 | Author: Amy Huff
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The Raptors entered Thursday as +220 East favourites at Sports Interaction, and they just got better.

Toronto already has reportedly offered Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol with no luck. Memphis discussed deals with multiple teams, but ultimately chose to hold on to their franchise point guard.

The Grizzlies traded Gasol to Toronto on Thursday at the National Basketball Association trade deadline, more than two weeks after owner Robert Pera told both Gasol and Conley that they would be listening to offers for two of the league's longest-tenured teammates.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season.

As many Eastern Conference contenders were making moves to bolster their chances to make the NBA Finals, you had a feeling Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors weren't going to stand idle. The 7-foot-1 centre is a three-time All-Star and was the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2012-13. It is not so much that Gasol is no longer good, because he is.

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Toronto is under added pressure with a chance to convince Leonard to remain in town when he becomes a free agent in the offseason.

"I've been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it", Valanciunas said.

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.

Instead, they just matched the 22 wins from last season on Tuesday in a game Gasol left the arena early after being benched without explanation.

They also lose Wright and Miles, the former a talented guy who does all the little things right but struggled to find a defined role on a deep team, and the latter a mercenary shooter who has unfortunately struggled this season to shoot.

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