Memphis Grizzlies to trade Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

May JohnsonFeb 09, 2019

ESPN, which first reported the Gasol deal, also said CJ Miles and Delon Wright were included in the deal with Valanciunas.

The Raptors pulled out all the stops ahead of the NBA's 3pm EST trade deadline on Thursday.

"Marc brings significant playoff experience to our team, which along with his savviness and leadership skills really helps position us for our ultimate postseason goal", Raptors president Masai Ujiri said Thursday night. The 34-year-old big man has a player option for next season which comes with a cap hit of more than $25.59 million, per Spotrac. Moving forward, Memphis has added a few young pieces and moved a decent-sized contract in Gasol in the process.

Valanciunas, Wright and Miles can become free agents next season. The seven-foot-one Spaniard is a two-time Olympian, and will be reunited with Spanish coach and Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo in Toronto. The team posted a photo of the big Lithuanian on social media with two words: "I'm back".

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For a fevered few minutes there on Thursday afternoon, it looked like the National Basketball Association trade deadline music would stop and Masai Ujiri would still be looking for a chair.

Gasol has been with the Grizzlies for 11 seasons, which was tied with Russell Westbrook for the fourth-longest tenure with one franchise among active players. They retained their two prized young forwards, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby, both of whom would be expected to be the centrepieces of a rebuild effort should the Raptors' fortunes go pear-shaped sometime between April and July. He voiced his "Frustration, anger and helplessness" on Twitter, writing "It's unbelievable how so many vulnerable people are abandoned to their deaths at sea. If nothing insane happens, I will be playing". He is averaging just 18.8 minutes per game. "I'm sure they'll make the most of a new opportunity and chance to go out there and prove themselves with another team".

Gasol, meanwhile, could be in the Raptors' lineup Saturday in NY pending a team physical.

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

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