National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors reportedly close to acquiring Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

BREAKING: Memphis Trading Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

The Philadelphia 76ers had already added Tobias Harris earlier in the week, giving them a terrific starting five if not much of a bench at all.

Raptors fans were excited to see the return of star centre Jonas Valančiūnas tonight, who was out of commission for two months after he dislocated his left thumb during a game against the Gold State Warriors.

"I have been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it".

Memphis sent Gasol to the Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, a person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details couldn't be announced until approved by the National Basketball Association.

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded All-Star center Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors, according to multiple reports. I think that's just how they work, how they operate. His presence on the Raptors roster had become a topic of debate, as Fred VanVleet's emergence as a quality backup point guard suggested Wright could be expendable.

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.

However, Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season with his best asset being his elite passing skills, defensive ability, capable three-point shooting at 34.4 per cent.

To go along with his scoring, Gasol is an excellent passer. He's the best centre the Raptors have ever had, just like that. The Raptors (39-16) currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings and are in win-now mode with no guarantee Kawhi Leonard re-signs this offseason.

"Markieff was an important part of our team during his time here, and we appreciate his contributions over the last four seasons". While everyone wondered what Ujiri would do after another embarrassing playoff exit, we now have our answer: He blew it up.

Kyle Lowry appears to be one of those players, but the Raptors starting point guard is taking everything in stride.

"Experience does that for you", Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning.

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