Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Raptors trade Valanciunas to Grizzlies for Gasol in 4-player deal

Raptors trade Valanciunas to Grizzlies for Gasol in 4-player deal

In Valanciunas, the Raptors lose one of their most popular players.

The Toronto Raptors are reportedly finalizing an agreement to acquire Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies.

A report surfaced Tuesday indicating the Raptors had been approached by the Grizzlies and discussed a potential deal involving Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas and Memphis veterans Mike Conley Jr. and Marc Gasol.

Gasol also has a highly-decorated global career as a member of the Spanish National Team, where he has played for Raptors assistant coach Sergio Scariolo. Meanwhile, the Raptors have been looking to add upgrades around All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.

Gasol has been with the Grizzlies for 11 seasons, which was tied with Russell Westbrook for the fourth-longest tenure with one franchise among active players.

"I've been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it", Valanciunas noted.

An hour before the Raptors moved for Gasol, the Milwaukee Bucks acquired sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Stanley Johnson, Jason Smith and four second-round picks, according to reports. We have a good team.

Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning: "I am really excited". And that was the role they offered me, when I wanted to play. The Raptors have just 10 players under National Basketball Association contracts, and they must be at 14 within the next two weeks. Now the center gets to try to replace Gasol. That Raptors team was swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs. The Lithuanian big man heads to Memphis averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season.

Gasol, 7-foot-1, 255 pounds, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, a career-high 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 33.7 minutes in 53 games this season.

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