Raptors Roster & Starting Lineup After Marc Gasol Trade

Jo Caldwell
February 8, 2019

The Toronto Raptors have acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi.

In exchange, the Raptors are sending Jonas Valančiūnas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol has spent his entire 11-year career in Memphis alongside Conley, and the Grizzlies have decided it's time to turn the page.

The Hornets have needed a second star player to put next to Kemba Walker for years now, and Marc Gasol could be the guy they have been looking for. Second, and more importantly, Ujiri is banking on this move helping Toronto go on a long playoff run, which may convince Kawhi Leonard to re-sign with the Raps after this season.

Raptors guard Fred VanVleet spoke highly of Gasol shortly before Toronto tipped off against the Hawks in Atlanta.

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This season, Gasol has made 53 starts with the Grizzlies. The two might even see more court time together than Valanciunas and Ibaka did thanks to their abilities to space the floor. It seems the trade demands for Memphis make this deal unlikely to happen.

"That's our goal and I think everybody on the team understands that and we'll keep trying to achieve that goal".

Valančiūnas had previously weighed in on trade discussion stating that he wished to stay in Toronto. "I think it's amusing to say, as a coach-player deal, but I think we'll be friends for life man, for sure".

"And when Michael Jordan called me, my idol, I thought, let's go", Parker continued.

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Instead, they just matched the 22 wins from last season on Tuesday in a game Gasol left the arena early after being benched without explanation.

Miles, in his 14th campaign, has struggled with the Raptors this season. Now the center gets to try to replace Gasol.

Gasol will be playing for his second National Basketball Association team when he suits up for the Raptors.

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