Raptors finalizing trade to acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

Marc Gasol Grizzlies Hornets

Marc Gasol Grizzlies Hornets

The Raptors may not be finished with their deadline dealings as they have as many as three roster spots to fill - the team dealt guard Malachi Richardson to the 76ers yesterday for cash considerations.

That splash would be trading for Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol, who is a proven All-Star talent that would instantly become the Hornets second best player.

A person familiar with the terms tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Raptors have acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including centre Jonas Valanciunas.

Gasol is slated to make $24.1 million United States this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season. The 7-foot-1 Gasol gives the Raptors a deft scorer and passer to complement superstar Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam in the frontcourt.

Kyle Lowry is fully aware of the speculation and uncertainty surrounding his future with the Toronto Raptors but says he hopes to stay with the team.

Gasol, 34, has been a franchise cornerstone for the Grizzlies, but was made available a couple weeks back.

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"The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role", Parker said, during an interview with L'Espresso.

And as Thursday wore on, Raptors fans took to social media to implore Ujiri to make a major move.

The seven-foot-one Spaniard, who played all 11 of his National Basketball Association seasons in Memphis, is slated to make US$24.1 million this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN got a bit of insight into why, exactly, Memphis would move Gasol and keep Conley. I think that's just how they work, how they operate. Two days later, Memphis traded away its career leader in points, rebounds and blocks to at least get something in case Gasol opted out this summer. We have a good team.

Miles, 31, is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds this season.

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