Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Raptors get Gasol from Grizzlies

Raptors get Gasol from Grizzlies Raptors get Gasol from Grizzlies
Rita Gibson | 08 February, 2019, 06:37

The Grizzlies will also receive Jonas Valanciunas and a 2024 second-round draft pick from Memphis in exchange for the 7-foot-1 big man.

The trade still must be approved by the National Basketball Association. 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.

I think it's fair to say that Toronto got the best player in the trade. A deal wasn't agreed upon after all, but Gasol didn't travel with the Grizzlies to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, lending further credence to the notion that a trade - still likely with the Hornets - was imminent.

His scoring has dropped off in recent years, but Gasol has still been good for 15.7 points per game this season, more than what Valanciunas has ever averaged and slightly less than what Ibaka is posting in what has been a career year. Whether he can still reach the heights of peak Gasol, a player the Raptors had eyes on over the years according to intermittent reports, is of more debate.

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Memphis also sent Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green to the Clippers for guard Avery Bradley, and a person told the AP on condition of anonymity because details hadn't been announced yet that Memphis swapped Shelvin Mack to Atlanta for Tyler Dorsey.

The Grizzlies have been open to trading Gasol and star guard Mike Conley for a few weeks now. At the very least he should be a rotation piece going forward.

It's just the latest off-court drama for a franchise involved in a failed three-team trade in December over confusion about which Brooks (MarShon or Dillon) was included in the deal.

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