Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies for package including Jonas Valanciunas

Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies for package including Jonas Valanciunas

This is kind of the question after the Raptors acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies at the trade deadline Thursday in a deal first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

To that end, Memphis Grizzlies point-man Mike Conley has been a key figure in trade talks.

Gasol is one of eight players to average at least 10 points and six rebounds for each of the 11 seasons since the start of the 2008-09 year, according to Opta.

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.

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

Since the 2016-17 season, Gasol has been good for 1.4 3-pointers per game, doing so at a 35.7 percent clip.

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The Raptors do assume some risk in this trade as Gasol carries an expensive player option next season at $25 million and they need to fill out the rest of the roster with only 26 games to get it all together ahead of the postseason.

"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.

The Grizzlies came into this season insisting they could be a playoff team.

The Toronto Raptors are reportedly finalizing a deal that will ship yet another fan favourite out. It will be a big offseason for the Raptors with Leonard and Gasol both potentially entering free agency. "I love Toronto and I want to stay here". We have a good future in front of us for this season so I just want to go on the court and play ball and win the games.

The Raptors (39-16) now sit in second place in the East. He's now averaging 4.7 assists per game, the highest mark of his career and the second-most among centres this season behind only Nikola Jokic.

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