Memphis Grizzlies to trade Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

Jo Caldwell
February 10, 2019

All-Star big man Marc Gasol is officially a member of the Toronto Raptors, ending his storied run with the Memphis Grizzlies.

New Orleans only chose to play Davis after the league reminded the franchise of the rest rule, wherever the team could be levied a $100,000 fine per game that he Saturday Memphis dealt away Gasol and almost shifted Conley but couldn't get teams to meet their demands. That Raptors team was swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.

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But the last time that Memphis traded a Gasol brother, it led to Pau Gasol's first championship in 2009, with the Los Angeles Lakers. "We look forward to welcoming Marc to our city and team". He has averaged 15.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in 23.0 minutes in 10 games as a starter.

For the first time in his National Basketball Association career, the uniform Marc Gasol puts on for his next game will not be the threads of the Memphis Grizzlies. 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. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since. Justin Holiday, Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr.

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Valanciunas was cleared to play today after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb and was expected in Toronto's lineup for Thursday's game at Atlanta.

Wright, 26, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 49 games this season. Anthony Davis contributes a team high 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.56 blocks and 1.71 steals per contest. The 31-year-old has competed in 825 career regular season games (303 starts) over 14 NBA seasons and has averaged 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.4 minutes for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Raptors since he was selected by the Jazz with the 34th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft.

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Ujiri said some of the minor moves were made to get the luxury tax line down in advance of potential buyouts. He averaged 6.3 points in 36 games with Memphis this season.

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