Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Heather Diaz
February 9, 2019

Both teams have yet to confirm the deal.

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.

The Memphis Grizzlies may ultimately decide they would have more options to deal Conley closer to the draft.

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 deal is interesting as it provides not only depth across the roster but also provides the Grizzlies a solid guard in Wright who could even see additional minutes if Conley is dealt. Valanciunas was averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds at the time of his injury.

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The 31-year-old Miles is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in the 2018-19 campaign.

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) shoots a three point shot from the corner during a game against the Denver Nuggets at FedExForum. Valanciunas is a solid player, but he doesn't make much sense for the Grizzlies long term, and neither does Miles.

The other goal in these moves is to play well enough over the season's final 26 games to convey this year's first round pick, a top 8 protected pick, to Boston and get a clean slate.

Owner Robert Pera issued a statement Friday morning after the franchise confirmed the trade netting Memphis a trio of players and a second-round draft pick in the 2024 draft. He is owed $67 million over the next two seasons, including an early termination option in 2020-21, and is expected to draw interest as a trade target after the season.

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