Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to Toronto

Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to Toronto

His presence on the Raptors roster had become a topic of debate, as Fred VanVleet's emergence as a quality backup point guard suggested Wright could be expendable.

For a fevered few minutes there on Thursday afternoon, it looked like the National Basketball Association trade deadline music would stop and Masai Ujiri would still be looking for a chair.

Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is reportedly headed to the Raptors in a four-player deal.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists (which ranks second among National Basketball Association centers, trailing only Nikola Jokic's 7.7).

After the Milwaukee Bucks - acquiring Nikola Mirotic - and Philadelphia 76ers - picking up Tobias Harris - made big moves to try and bolster their status atop the Eastern Conference, it appears the Raptors felt the pressure to jump into the arms race.

A three-time All-Star and the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, Gasol has a 15 percent trade bonus that is valued at $1.28 million.

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The 7-foot Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season.

Valanciunas was tied with Kyle Lowry as the Raptors' longest-tenured player, making his debut during the 2012-13 season after being selected fifth overall in the 2011 draft.

Miles, also a free agent in 2020, is averaging 5.5 points with a.314 shooting percentage from 3-point range.

The most seamless move would be shifting Serge Ibaka to the bench, basically affording him the role Valanciunas has played since the season tipped off.

Leonard also has a player option for 2019-20, worth $21 million.

Memphis is now $668,000 below the luxury tax threshold.

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