National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

After the game on the ESPN broadcast, he said his teammates wanted him to play and Davis said that he was just happy to go out there and play basketball.

And although he's no longer with organization, the 37-year-old Spanish guard picked up yet another shortly after finding out that fellow countryman Marc Gasol would be moving north of the border.

Given their position in the standings (they have the second-most wins in the NBA) and the uncertain future of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors are clearly in win-now mode.

"I think that there's a lot of positives with a guy like Gasol, and I think majority come with being battle-tested", Nurse said. I want no parts of the Pelicans without their best player in crunch time. On top of that, Greg Monroe and Malachi Richardson were moved in separate deals as a way to gain some roster and financial flexibility.

Gasol is averaging 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds this season. He spent 11 seasons with the Grizzlies and is the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and made field goals.

The Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference and they added a boost in Gasol to help them keep pace with conference frontrunner Milwaukee Bucks, who traded for Nikola Mirotic on Thursday.

Although this is the first time that the 34-year-old Gasol has been traded in his 11-year career, the warm welcomes, guidance of others and familiar faces within the organization seem to be helping with his transition. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary.

The 7-foot Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure. Prior to the trade, the Raptors had expected the center to return against Atlanta on Thursday night, with the team tweeting out a picture of Valanciunas with a quote from him saying, "I'm back".

Miles is averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 40 contests this year. Of his first six selections, five will become free agents at season's end.

Ujiri said some of the minor moves were made to get the luxury tax line down in advance of potential buyouts. Casspi, 30, has been sidelined with a knee injury, and his return this season wasn't guaranteed. Memphis stands 2 in the league in scoring defense as they allow 103.6 points per game.

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