Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded franchise center Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday. Gasol has spent his entire 11-year career in Memphis alongside Conley, and the Grizzlies have decided it's time to turn the page.

The Raptors are now second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-16, while the Grizzlies rank among the worst in the league at 22-23. His average of 5.5 points per game is his lowest output since 2007-08. If Gasol does not opt out, the big man will make $25.5 million next season, per Spotrac.

The 32-year-old guard addressed some of the recent rumors ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, revealing he didn't ask to be dealt to a new team.

Rumours of a possible trade had been swirling around Raptor's organization over the last few days, with both Valančiūnas' and Toronto powerhouse Kyle Lowry mentioned in trade pitches.

Why Did the Grizzlies Wait So Long to Test Market on Conley-Gasol? It will be a big offseason for the Raptors with Leonard and Gasol both potentially entering free agency.

The Hornets have needed a second star player to put next to Kemba Walker for years now, and Marc Gasol could be the guy they have been looking for. He is averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

The Grizzlies came into this season insisting they could be a playoff team. The Raptors have just 10 players under National Basketball Association contracts, and they must be at 14 within the next two weeks. He's making $16.5 million this season and has a $17.6 million player option next. Maybe not to the exact same extent - particularly when it comes to Miles, who is a volume 3-point shooter - but in a way that makes a three-for-one trade worth Toronto's while.

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