Memphis Grizzlies agree to trade veteran Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

Expanded minutes for Davis doesn’t equal to Pelicans win at Memphis

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a deal to send Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick. The 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks, while twice being named to the All-NBA team.

The trade comes after a flurry of activity in the Eastern Conference that saw several potential playoff opponents of the Raptors make moves to bolster their squads.

I think it's fair to say that Toronto got the best player in the trade. This is who we are now, after the trade deadline, outside of buyouts.

"I've been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it", Valanciunas said. He has thrived for years in Memphis playing with Mike Conley, who is a star point guard in his own right.

The Warriors don't face the Raptors again during the regular season, so they will only match up against Gasol if the two teams reach the NBA Finals.

The Raptors president acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday in a move that both echoes his vision of a chance at a championship this season, and brings a player he's long coveted to Toronto. The 76ers and Bucks also made major moves ahead of the trade deadline, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

Jonas Valanciunas had been sidelined since December 12 (Dec. 13, PHL time) with a dislocated left thumb. Over 470 career games with Toronto (444 starts), the 26-year-old averaged 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds. Valanciunas is a solid player, but he doesn't make much sense for the Grizzlies long term, and neither does Miles. He's under contract until the end of next season, earning $25.6 million.

Memphis also waived forward Omri Casspi to get its roster down to the National Basketball Association limit of 15.

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