Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Mike Conley in 2008 Rookie Challenge

Mike Conley in 2008 Rookie Challenge

Davis and the team agreed that his minutes would be reduced and that Davis would consult with the Pelicans on which ends of back-to-backs he will play in the rest of the season, sources told ESPN.

The deal is interesting as it provides not only depth across the roster but also provides the Grizzlies a solid guard in Wright who could even see additional minutes if Conley is dealt.

The team plans to aggressively pursue options who have been, or will be, made available in the buyout market, the Raptors president said during his post-deadline press conference.

The other goal in these moves is to play well enough over the season's final 26 games to convey this year's first round pick, a top 8 protected pick, to Boston and get a clean slate. They added an elite centre in Marc Gasol, and according to Masai Ujiri they are not done adding pieces for the playoff run.

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Though this may be the first time, since 2001, that a player by the name of Gasol has not played for the Memphis Grizzlies, it can be the opportunity for another Gasol brother to win an NBA World Championship. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure. The 31-year-old has competed in 825 career regular season games (303 starts) over 14 NBA seasons and has averaged 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.4 minutes for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Raptors since he was selected by the Jazz with the 34th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft.

Valanciunas was cleared to play today after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb and was expected in Toronto's lineup for Thursday's game at Atlanta.

Valanciunas, Wright and Miles can become free agents next season. Justin Holiday, Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Memphis also waived forward Omri Casspi to get its roster down to the National Basketball Association limit of 15. Memphis stands 2 in the league in scoring defense as they allow 103.6 points per game.

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