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10 February, 2019, 06:19 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Of all the teams that were interested in Marc Gasol, the Toronto Raptors were the best option for him, as a player.

Memphis acquired Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second round pick.

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.

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. On top of that, Greg Monroe and Malachi Richardson were moved in separate deals as a way to gain some roster and financial flexibility. He is the Grizzlies' franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made. The 76ers and Bucks have also made major moves as the trade deadline nears, with the Sixers landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic. He was a part of a core group of players that helped shape the identity of this franchise on and off the court and were embraced by the City of Memphis.

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Gasol spent his teenage years in Memphis after his brother, Pau, was traded to the club in 2001 and blossomed into a high school basketball star before his 11-year run with the organization.

He is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 2018-19. Prior to the trade, the Raptors had expected the center to return against Atlanta on Thursday night, with the team tweeting out a picture of Valanciunas with a quote from him saying, "I'm back". The 34-year-old big man has a player option for next season which comes with a cap hit of more than $25.59 million, per Spotrac.

Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Wright is scoring 6.9 points per game and Miles is putting up 5.5 points. He is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game this season.

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