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Gasol pitches in, Raptors send Knicks to 16th loss in row

Marc Gasol meets up with Nick Nurse following his trade from the Memphis Grizzlies. More Marc Gasol meets up with Nick Nurse following his trade from the Memphis Grizzlies. More
Cassandra Castillo | 14 February, 2019, 08:27

"I'm playing the season right now, but I'll just talk to people to see what I want to do, " Leonard said after his first Garden visit Saturday with the Raptors.

Marc Gasol will be making his debut with the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night against the New York Knicks, and a deep postseason run with his new club is breathing new life into the 34-year-old center.

The person spoke Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the National Basketball Association has not held the trade call.

That 2012 roster also contained a man by the name of Serge Ibaka, who now plays for the Raptors and was coached by Sergio Scariolo, an assistant coach in Toronto. The 76ers and Bucks have also made major moves as the trade deadline nears, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

The Raptors made the announcement Monday, hours after ESPN reported veteran point guard Jeremy Lin was finalizing a buyout of his Hawks contract and intends to sign with Toronto. It's exciting. You feel happy.

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Gasol has spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Grizzlies.

This wasn't the first time the Raptors had been linked to Gasol. Either way, he's aware of the history players like Calderon and Spanish Federation president Jorge Garbajosa had with the organization, which now features national team head coach Sergio Scariolo, a first-year Nick Nurse assistant and big man Serge Ibaka, who plays internationally for Spain and has done so alongside Gasol and his brother Pau.

Memphis is closely watching Gasol, cheering him on because of what he meant to the city and franchise. He was just 16 when he arrived in Memphis. Marc attended tiny Memphis private high school Lausanne Collegiate School. Although he hadn't been with the team long, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year looked comfortable patrolling the defensive end and quickly contributed to the offence.

This time around, he will be part of a team that's expected to make the NBA Finals.

"It's not as emotional probably. It's all great things".

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