Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

There are several spots to be filled on the team's roster and the buyout market is where Toronto will try to round out a lineup that is expected to make a serious run for the franchise's first ever Eastern Conference title.

"I think that there's a lot of positives with a guy like Gasol, and I think majority come with being battle-tested", Nurse said.

To sort it all out, here are NBA Trade Grades for both sides.

"That's our goal and I think everybody on the team understands that and we'll keep trying to achieve that goal". Miles were a part of the team's rotation off the bench. The team also moved Greg Monroe and another second round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for cash considerations. The 7-foot-1 Gasol gives the Raptors a deft scorer and passer to complement superstar Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam in the frontcourt.

While the Ohio State product has a preference, the Grizzlies might decide to wait until the offseason to trade him, allowing for time to expand his list of teams he'd be willing to play for. The 76ers and Bucks also made major moves ahead of the trade deadline, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic. Are the Raptors taking a big risk and will it be worth it?

However, Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season with his best asset being his elite passing skills, defensive ability, capable three-point shooting at 34.4 per cent. Nurse spent five years as an assistant coach working with Valanciunas and worked out with him in his native Lithuania on several occasions.

In Valanciunas, the Raptors' lose of their most popular players. "I'll miss him", Nurse said.

The 26-year-old, who was drafted by Toronto fifth overall in 2011, was finally cleared to play Thursday after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb. And certainly miss him. Ujiri said it was a "tough" phone call to make. While everyone wondered what Ujiri would do after another embarrassing playoff exit, we now have our answer: He blew it up.

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

The Raptors are doing all they can to get to the NBA Finals this season, but you already knew that.

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