National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

May JohnsonFeb 10, 2019

And now they were in this position, and obviously Marc fits with us. "But if they don't, I understand".

The Toronto Raptors acquired three-time All-Star Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies prior to this afternoon's National Basketball Association trade deadline. Greg Monroe was also dealt to Brooklyn for cash considerations in a separate transaction. Memphis discussed trades with multiple teams, but made a decision to keep its franchise point guard. The Raptors are hopeful the addition of Gasol, a three-time All-Star who's averaging 18 points and eight rebounds, will give them even more firepower heading into the playoffs.

Parker averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game last season for the Spurs. "This is your team, and I think he believes that".

The 34-year-old has a one year remaining on a five-year $110 million contract he signed in 2015. "Obviously we are very excited about that".

It's not a surprise that Toronto made a move because Philly added Tobias Harris and Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic.

With the end of the trade deadline comes the next big stage for the Toronto Raptors, which is looking at the buyout market for upgrades on what is now a depleted roster.

"The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role", Parker said, during an interview with L'Espresso.

Toronto played short-handed due to the trades Thursday night but still pulled out a 119-101 win over the Hawks.

Coach Nick Nurse has yet to speak about the trade or whether he'd consider splitting the starting centre role between Ibaka and Gasol, like he did between Ibaka and Valanciunas depending on matchups.

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Messi picked up an unspecified injury in his right leg during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Valencia in the Spanish league. He was out with a broken arm the last time Spain's two biggest clubs met, back in October.

"I see no issues, honestly, with him". I would appreciate it. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.

"Experience does that for you", Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning. "If nothing insane happens, I will be playing". They'll do what's best for them.

"I'm sure, if anything were to happen, management would call me and talk to me and make me aware of anything that was going down".

And there will be more moves in the coming days. He's also sound defensively, as a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Asked if he has any players in mind, Ujiri jokingly mentioned several reporters in the room. "We have a lot of spots". "We want to get back to our winning ways".

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. Gasol has a player option for the 2019-20 season that would see him earn over $25 million.

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.

After over a decade manning the middle, endearing himself to an entire city for what he did both on and off the court, Marc Gasol is now a Toronto Raptor. A photo showed Gasol helping lift a woman onto a stretcher.

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