Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Marc Gasol thanks Grizzlies after trade to Raptors

Marc Gasol thanks Grizzlies after trade to Raptors

The Raptors are sending Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and a 2024 second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Marc Gasol.

The Raptors reportedly offered Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry for Gasol and Mike Conley, but that deal was rejected by the Grizzlies.

"Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons", Pera said. Memphis was clubbed 117-95 on the road by Oklahoma City in their last game on Thursday night.

A pair of Southwest Division teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture take the floor in Grind City. I want no parts of the Pelicans without their best player in crunch time.

The three-time All-Star is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists over 53 games this season in Memphis, his 11th in the National Basketball Association. He spent 11 seasons with the Grizzlies and is the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and made field goals.

He said the Raps didn't make a move just to react to rivals Milwaukee and Philadelphia powering up in recent days.

Though this may be the first time, since 2001, that a player by the name of Gasol has not played for the Memphis Grizzlies, it can be the opportunity for another Gasol brother to win an NBA World Championship. Conley is third at 12 seasons.

The six-time All-Star was on the court for the first time since making a trade request almost two weeks ago. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary. He has averaged 15.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in 23.0 minutes in 10 games as a starter. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure.

Wright, 26, was averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in a depth role with the Raptors this season. Anthony Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 20.9 points and eight assists. Of his first six selections, five will become free agents at season's end.

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