National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

The team values him as a mentor for rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., and Conley was not eager to be dealt, a separate ESPN report added.

The Raptors also traded centre Greg Monroe and a second-round pick in 2021 to the Brooklyn Nets, who are reportedly planning to waive the ninth-year veteran. “Its good for the team, ” Ibaka said about the addition of Gasol.

I think it's fair to say that Toronto got the best player in the trade. Any player put on the market by then can suit up for Toronto in the playoffs as long as they are signed on or before the last day of the NBA's regular season.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season. The front office has gone all out, and there is no clearer indication that the team wants to win now. Hes played worldwide at the highest level many times, and he should give us a settling force with his ability to have to ball, deliver it to people. “I dont think Im going to do anything drastic right away, ” Nurse said.

More news: Grizzlies trade Marc Gasol to Toronto

Even though Gasol is not the same defensive player he once was, this is a fascinating gamble for the Raptors, who are clearly all-in on winning the Eastern Conference.

It is unclear how Toronto will manage minutes in the frontcourt with Gasol, Ibaka and breakout star Pascal Siakam. The Sixers made a big move to get Tobias Harris and the Bucks made a big trade to get Nikola Mirotic. Would Gasol and Ibaka be the better combo, or Gasol and Siakam?

Gasol (7-1, 255) has averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.48 blocks in 33.7 minutes while shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 77.7 percent from the free throw line in 769 career regular season games (762 starts) in 11 National Basketball Association seasons, all with the Grizzlies.

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