Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Memphis Grizzlies agree to trade veteran Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

Memphis Grizzlies agree to trade veteran Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

"Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons".

"I think with a player like Marc, we had talked about it for some time, it lined it up well for us I think (Gasol is still) a very strong player".

A pair of Southwest Division teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture take the floor in Grind City.

"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. Zero. We're good, and I think his mind is focused on this run.

In a separate deal, the Raptors traded veteran center Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations.

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.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season. He has played the most minutes in Grizzlies history, is first in points scored, first in rebounds, first in blocks and first in free-throws made.

He said the Raps didn't make a move just to react to rivals Milwaukee and Philadelphia powering up in recent days.

The 12-year National Basketball Association veteran has been enjoying an incredible bounce-back year in Memphis after only playing 12 games last season.

The other goal in these moves is to play well enough over the season's final 26 games to convey this year's first round pick, a top 8 protected pick, to Boston and get a clean slate. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary. New Orleans gives up an average of 120 points per game in those outings, which is worse than their full season mark of 116.9 points a contest. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.

Valanciunas was cleared to play today after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb and was expected in Toronto's lineup for Thursday's game at Atlanta.

Valanciunas, Miles and Wright can enter free agency next season.

CJ Miles and Delon Wright will also be going to Memphis.

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