Toronto Raptors Acquire Marc Gasol In Trade With Memphis Grizzlies

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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.

It is a power move for Toronto, as it looks to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference. Ujiri added that he's already spoken to some agents regarding buyout candidates, via The Athletic's Eric Koreen.

The NBA trade deadline has become a spectacle in recent years, and Thursday's deadline is sure to be no different.

It was flop-sweats time for Raptors fans and, even if they might not admit, for Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster and everyone else in the Toronto front office.

"Utah was making some progress in acquiring him, and I think that would have been a tremendous deal for Utah", Windhorst said during an appearance on The Jump.

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Regardless, Gasol has missed only two games this season and is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and a combined 2.3 steals/blocks, while shooting a solid 34.4 per cent from distance.

To go along with his scoring, Gasol is an excellent passer.

The Raptors are now sitting behind the Milwaukee Bucks in second place in the NBA's Eastern Conference. That Raptors team was swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs. But three of the four Raptors who played the most minutes against the Cavs last May - DeMar DeRozan, Miles, and Valanciunas - are now all gone. Are the Raptors taking a big risk and will it be worth it? Or, perhaps, Gasol comes off the bench. Plus, Valanciunas can opt out of his contract this summer.

Conley was asked about his preferences after several reports saying he had made it clear he would prefer a trade to an Eastern Conference team. He was selected by the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.