Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Gasol, 34, has been linked to a couple of Eastern Conference teams, but he's reportedly heading to the Toronto Raptors.

Sources told ESPN and The Athletic that the Raptors will send Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round draft selection to the Grizzlies. Originally drafted in the second round by the Jazz out of high school in 2005, the 6-foot-5 wing player had played for Utah (2005-12), Cleveland (2012-14) and in (2014-17) before signing a three-year deal with Toronto last offseason.

Gasol is one of eight players to average at least 10 points and six rebounds for each of the 11 seasons since the start of the 2008-09 year, according to Opta.

The 34-year-old Spanish 7-footer (2.16m) has played for the Grizzlies since making his 2008 National Basketball Association debut but was moved to the contending Raptors at Thursday's league trade deadline.

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That wasn't the only deal the Grizzlies made, as management was busy, pulling off four deals in total and one big "no deal", electing to hold onto to Conley instead of deal him to the long-rumored Utah Jazz or Detroit Pistons.

The other goal in these moves is to play well enough over the season's final 26 games to convey this year's first round pick, a top 8 protected pick, to Boston and get a clean slate. Valanciunas and Miles have player options, and Wright will become a restricted free agent.

Conley - who has missed just two games this season for Memphis - is averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game.

It's a bit surprising that this was all they were able to get back for Gasol, but the big man is clearly past his prime and could opt-in to a player option for next season for $25 million.

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