The Raptors And Grizzlies Have Reportedly Agreed To A Marc Gasol Trade

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

The Memphis Grizzlies have signaled the end of an era, agreeing to trade franchise cornerstone Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors ahead of Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

The Raptors may not be finished with their deadline dealings as they have as many as three roster spots to fill - the team dealt guard Malachi Richardson to the 76ers yesterday for cash considerations.

The Toronto Raptors are all in for the 2018-2019 season.

There are two reasons for this trade.

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Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he doesn't expect all the trade rumors to be an issue with Conley.

According to NBA.com, Gasol is generating 3.4 points per game in the post this season - roughly a quarter of his scoring - putting him behind 10 players for most in the league.

The Grizzlies came into this season insisting they could be a playoff team. We have a good future in front of us for this season so I just want to go on the court and play ball and win the games. The team reportedly offered Kyle Lowry and Valanciunas to Memphis for he and Mike Conley earlier this week, a proposal that was quickly rebuffed by the Grizzlies.

Valanciunas, 26, has missed Toronto's last 25 games with a thumb injury, but was scheduled to return to the lineup tonight in Atlanta. Now the center gets to try to replace Gasol.

The combination means Gasol should be able to replace Valanciunas, Wright and Miles on offence. At the very least he should be a rotation piece going forward. It seems the trade demands for Memphis make this deal unlikely to happen.

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