Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Toronto Raptors Acquire Marc Gasol In Trade With Memphis Grizzlies

Toronto Raptors Acquire Marc Gasol In Trade With Memphis Grizzlies

Another wild National Basketball Association trade deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon, with the Raptors acquiring star centre Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies and bidding farewell to four regulars in the process. Miles, Delon Wright and a second-round pick.

It's a power move for a Toronto team looking to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference.

Even in another bad, anonymous Grizzlies season, Gasol has continued to produce, scoring 15.7 points per game and grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game. Prior to the trade, the Raptors had expected the center to return against Atlanta on Thursday night, with the team tweeting out a picture of Valanciunas with a quote from him saying, "I'm back".

The 34-year-old Gasol is making $24.1 million this season and has a player option worth $25.6 million for next season.

Some voices in the Pelicans organization supported not playing Davis after the team decided not to trade the All-Star by Thursday's trade deadline, sources previously told ESPN.

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The Clippers are planning to pursue several All-NBA-caliber players, including Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard . After a loss to Toronto, Philadelphia (34-20) now sits at fifth in the Eastern Conference.

He made two moves just prior to the 2017 deadline, acquring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic and P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns.

Toronto's roster will be down 11 after the trade, meaning the Raptors will likely need to make a few more additions. The Pelicans are tied for 22 with 10.1 made threes per game and stand 16 in the league by converting 35.1 percent from long range this season. I want no parts of the Pelicans without their best player in crunch time.

"He came here and I just remember those days, there was nearly a trade with NY at the time (when the Raptors were going to tank for Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid), for him to accomplish being a five-time all-star, I think is a hell of an accomplishment on his part, and the work he put in to the game". He was selected by the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Miles (6-6, 230), who will wear jersey #6, has appeared in 40 games (one start) and has averaged 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in 14.1 minutes this season.

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