Grizzlies trade Gasol to Raptors for Valanciunas, others

Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are Grizzlies icons but they could be on the move ahead of the NBA trade

Gasol, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists through 53 games this season.

Memphis discussed trades with multiple teams, but made a decision to keep its franchise point guard.

A fan favourite in Toronto, Valanciunas showed flashes of promise with the Raptors but never fully materialized into a dominant centre.

Lowry is now by far the longest-serving member of the Toronto Raptors following the trade of Jonas Valanciunas to Memphis on Thursday, and Toronto's president admitted Lowry was aware of trade rumours.

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.

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"I think that there's a lot of positives with a guy like Gasol, and I think majority come with being battle-tested", Nurse said. The former second-team All-American is averaging 8.0 points, 2.9 asissts, 2.9 rebounds and 20 minutes this season in his third season as an National Basketball Association reserve. Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach. 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.

His loyalty to Memphis has been strong and we all know he wishes he could still play in Beale Street Blue.

Gasol - who has played his entire career in Memphis - turned 34 years old last week. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.

Valanciunas, Miles and Wright can enter free agency next season. He, too, has a player option for $17.6 million for next season. He averaged 6.3 points in 36 games with Memphis this season.

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