Toronto Raptors Make Move, Acquire Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies
As both the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers made a couple of big trades, the pressure was on the Toronto Raptors and Masai Ujiri.
Not to be outdone, the president of basketball operations made a daring move, rolling the dice once more to acquire former All-Star Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. In return, the Grizzlies received Jonas Valanciunas (who was slated to make his return from injury tonight against the Atlanta Hawks), Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick.
Recently turning 34-years old, Gasol still has a little bit left in the tank. The three-time All-Star is a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a clear upgrade defensively from Valanciunas. He also provides the Raptors with more offensive versatility at the centre position. Known as one of the better big man passers in the NBA, Gasol is a capable shooter and can even step out and shoot the three consistently.
Through 53 games, Gasol has averaged 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game, while shooting 34.4% from long range.
Valanciunas has missed the past 25 games with a finger injury, while both Wright and Miles have been in and out of the Raptors rotation of late. The move allows the Raptors to move on from Miles’ expiring contract as well as parting ways with Wright who was unlikely to return to the team next season.
In a minor trade, the Raptors also moved Greg Monroe along with a second round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for cash consideration as a way of shedding salary.