Wizards have inquired about Grizzlies' Mike Conley, Marc Gasol

08 February, 2019, 07:48 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Marc Gasol Andre Drummond

It will be interesting to see just how much of an upgrade this deal is for the Raptors, but it was certainly worth a roll of the dice considering how little they had to give up for the veteran big man.

Gasol has spent his entire career with the Grizzlies.

Sports Illustrated reported earlier this week that Toronto offered guard Kyle Lowry and center Jonas Valanciunas to Memphis in exchange for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. The Hornets were also interested in Gasol.

Charlotte Hornets veteran point guard Tony Parker spent the majority of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, and he will now don a different team's jersey for the first time during his long National Basketball Association career when he takes the court for the Hornets this upcoming season.

Conley had been linked to Utah, Detroit and even Toronto along with Gasol in a handful of reports.

The Raptors have felt pressure after seeing other teams in the east get better.


"Marc brings significant playoff experience to our team, which along with his savviness and leadership skills really helps position us for our ultimate post-season goal", Raptors president Masai Ujiri said. I don't think there's one thing I can say or do [to change that].

Valanciunas hasn't played in almost two months after suffering a dislocated thumb, but is ready to return to the lineup.

"It's a business. I know that's such a cliché, but if they wanted to call me, I'm sure they would". I was really looking forward to this day and there you go.

Valanciunas, Wright and Miles can become free agents next season. We're going to attack the buyout market and try to get guys. He earned First Team All-NBA honours in 2014-15 and named Second Team All-NBA in 2012-13. The Lithuanian big man heads to Memphis averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season.

Gasol is making $24 million this season and has a $25.6 million player option for next year.

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