Raptors trade Valanciunas to Grizzlies for Gasol in 4-player deal

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The deal, first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, will see Gasol head north to Toronto for center Jonas Valanciunas, guard Delon Wright, wing CJ Milles and a 2024 second-round pick to the the Grizzlies, per Wojnarowski.

Another wild National Basketball Association trade deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon, with the Raptors acquiring star centre Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies and bidding farewell to four regulars in the process.

Conley was placed on the trade block by the Memphis Grizzlies, but he made it through the deadline without being dealt after teams did not meet the Grizzlies' asking price for him.

The three-time All-Star big man has spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Memphis Grizzlies, but the franchise is entering a rebuilding stage.

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Jonas Valanciunas had been sidelined since December 12 (Dec. 13, PHL time) with a dislocated left thumb.

Gasol has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 blocked shots a game for the Grizzlies.

The 31-year-old Miles is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in the 2018-19 campaign. Valanciunas is a solid player, but he doesn't make much sense for the Grizzlies long term, and neither does Miles.

Gasol, a second-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, will now get to play for a legitimate NBA Finals contender in the Raptors. Whether he'll opt into that player option is anyone's guess, and it probably won't become clear until the after the playoffs. 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.

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