Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to Toronto

Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to Toronto

Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to Toronto

According to ESPN, the Raptors traded Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round pick for Memphis big man Marc Gasol.

It was flop-sweats time for Raptors fans and, even if they might not admit, for Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster and everyone else in the Toronto front office.

The Toronto Raptors are nearing an agreement to trade for Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "That's one of the things where I'm sure we have a good enough relationship to know what is going on". "I've never asked for a trade". The 2019 first-time All-Star is in the midst of the best season of his career and will be seeking a massive contract when he hits unrestricted free agency this summer. His shooting woes had become a hot topic among fans of the Raptors, who have struggled with the deep ball in recent weeks. He's also sound defensively, as a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Gasol, 34, represents an upgrade at the centre position for the Raptors.

To go along with his scoring, Gasol is an excellent passer. However, news of Valančiūnas' return was quickly disrupted after news broke that he had been traded to Memphis Grizzlies.

After the Milwaukee Bucks - acquiring Nikola Mirotic - and Philadelphia 76ers - picking up Tobias Harris - made big moves to try and bolster their status atop the Eastern Conference, it appears the Raptors felt the pressure to jump into the arms race. Originally drafted in the second round by the Jazz out of high school in 2005, the 6-foot-5 wing player had played for Utah (2005-12), Cleveland (2012-14) and in (2014-17) before signing a three-year deal with Toronto last offseason. But three of the four Raptors who played the most minutes against the Cavs last May - DeMar DeRozan, Miles, and Valanciunas - are now all gone.

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