Memphis Grizzlies agree to trade veteran Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

Tanya Simon
February 9, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A day after trading Marc Gasol to Toronto, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies says the franchise will retire the center's No. 33 jersey some day in the future.

Memphis chose to hold onto franchise point guard Mike Conley - he was also informed last month a trade was possible - as the Raptors made another bold move created to keep Toronto on the heels of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference. Memphis discussed trades with multiple teams, but made a decision to keep its franchise point guard.

Gasol, 34, has been linked to a couple of Eastern Conference teams, but he's reportedly heading to the Toronto Raptors. 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.

Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Wright is scoring 6.9 points per game and Miles is putting up 5.5 points. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure.

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Several players seem to be drawing extra attention from the Raptors, who have to fill both the centre slot vacated by Monroe and need extra depth on the wings after losing Wright and Miles. He is the only player in franchise history to be named to the All-NBA First Team (2014-15) and Second Team (2012-13) and was selected to a franchise-record three NBA All-Star Games (2012, 2015, 2017), starting the 2015 NBA All-Star Game opposite his older brother, Pau Gasol.

Toronto is planning to send Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Milles and a 2024 second-round pick to the the Grizzlies for Gasol, league sources tell ESPN.

Leonard also has a player option for 2019-20, worth $21 million.

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