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National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

Kyle Lowry Raptors Mike Conley Grizzlies Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies: report
Cassandra Castillo | 09 February, 2019, 10:26

The addition of Gasol should help them keep pace with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, who were both busy on Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) National Basketball Association trade deadline.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A day after trading Marc Gasol to Toronto, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies says the franchise will retire the center's No. 33 jersey some day in the future. Memphis discussed trades with multiple teams, but made a decision to keep its franchise point guard. The team values him as a mentor for rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., and Conley was not eager to be dealt, a separate ESPN report added.

Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season with the Raptors.

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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. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure. Wright is a nice wing to add, and extra picks are never bad, but a second-rounder from the Raptors isn't exactly that exciting. He is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game this season. Valanciunas is a solid player, but he doesn't make much sense for the Grizzlies long term, and neither does Miles. Valanciunas and Miles have player options, and Wright will become a restricted free agent.

It's a bit surprising that this was all they were able to get back for Gasol, but the big man is clearly past his prime and could opt-in to a player option for next season for $25 million.

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