Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Raptors trade Valanciunas to Grizzlies for Gasol in 4-player deal

Raptors trade Valanciunas to Grizzlies for Gasol in 4-player deal

News of the Toronto Raptors' shocking trade of star centre Jonas Valančiūnas to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Marc Gasol has basketball fans stunned as they try to come to terms with the loss of the beloved player.

The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly decided on a trade featuring All-Star big man Marc Gasol.

Gasol, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists through 53 games this season.

Gasol also has a $25.6 million player option for next season.

With only 26 regular season games remaining, the Toronto Raptors own a 40-16 record and trail only the Milwaukee Bucks for the Eastern Conference's top seed. Gasol has two years left on the five-year, $113-million deal he signed with the Grizzlies in 2015.

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"I think with a player like Marc, we had talked about it for some time, it lined it up well for us", Ujiri said. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure. "I think it's amusing to say, as a coach-player deal, but I think we'll be friends for life man, for sure".

Miles has been mired in a season-long slump, but had shown flashes of breaking out of it in the last couple of weeks, and Wright has a creativity and feel for the game that's unique, even if he had been inconsistent this season.

In just under 20 minutes per game, Lin is averaging 10.6 points and 3.5 assists on 46.5 per cent shooting (32.5 per cent from three-point range) this season.

Toronto is planning to send Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Milles and a 2024 second-round pick to the the Grizzlies for Gasol, league sources tell ESPN.

Parker, 36, said that the Spurs offered the same contract that the Hornets did, but that the role he would play in Charlotte was different than the one that the Spurs had planned for him, also noting that he wanted to play for his idol Michael Jordan.

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