NBA Trade Grades: Raptors land Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

NBA Trade Grades: Raptors land Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

The blockbuster deal, which was completed late Thursday evening, brings a player long coveted by Raptors president Masai Ujiri to Toronto. "I just know one thing, we have a good team, we have a good future in front of us".

Gasol, now 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists this year, and the hope will be that he can spark an immediate connection on the court with Raptors star Kawhi Leonard.

The Toronto Raptors have confirmed that centre Jonas Valanciunas is ready to return to action after missing almost two months with a dislocated left thumb.

Memphis sent Gasol to the Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, a person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details couldn't be announced until approved by the National Basketball Association.

What do you think about the Gasol trade? Gasol has two years left on the five-year, $113-million deal he signed with the Grizzlies in 2015. They retained their two prized young forwards, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby, both of whom would be expected to be the centrepieces of a rebuild effort should the Raptors' fortunes go pear-shaped sometime between April and July.

Several players seem to be drawing extra attention from the Raptors, who have to fill both the centre slot vacated by Monroe and need extra depth on the wings after losing Wright and Miles. He has one season beyond this one on his contract, and the $13 million he makes in 2019-20 could make him a trade asset should he be acquired by the Grizzlies. As an assistant he had worked closely with Valanciunas over many years, often travelling overseas in the summer to see him. While everyone wondered what Ujiri would do after another embarrassing playoff exit, we now have our answer: He blew it up.

"I said to him today 'No more trips to Lithuania, ' he says, 'Come on man, you can still come, '" Nurse said. And certainly miss him. The coach was unusually soft-spoken after the win, and said it had been a tough day. The Raptors have just 10 players under National Basketball Association contracts, and they must be at 14 within the next two weeks. That Raptors team was swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.

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