Former Raptors star helps welcome Marc Gasol to Toronto

Former Raptors star helps welcome Marc Gasol to Toronto

Former Raptors star helps welcome Marc Gasol to Toronto

Marc Gasol's No. 33 jersey will be retired by the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, team owner Robert Pera said Friday, a day after trading the Spanish center to the Toronto Raptors.

Memphis discussed trades with multiple teams, but chose to keep its franchise point guard.

It will be interesting to see just how much of an upgrade this deal is for the Raptors, but it was certainly worth a roll of the dice considering how little they had to give up for the veteran big man. "I've been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it", joked Valanciunas according to TSN. "I think we all know that those playoffs can get wild and woolly, and he's a guy that's been through them many times". 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. The 34-year-old Gasol is a three-time National Basketball Association all-star who is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals a game in 2018.

The 34-year-old center leaves the Grizzlies as the all-time leader in points, blocks, and minutes played.

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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. The 76ers and Bucks have also made major moves as the trade deadline nears, with the Sixers landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic. Conley is third at 12 seasons. He's under contract until the end of next season, earning $25.6 million. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary. The Hornets were also interested in Gasol.

Miles is averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 40 contests this year. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.

Valanciunas, 26, has missed Toronto's last 25 games with a thumb injury, but was scheduled to return to the lineup tonight in Atlanta.

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