Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol left drives against New York Knicks' De Andre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. Toronto Milwaukee and Philadelphia

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Miles, and a future draft pick.

It is a power move for Toronto, as it looks to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference.

Rumours of a possible trade had been swirling around Raptor's organization over the last few days, with both Valančiūnas' and Toronto powerhouse Kyle Lowry mentioned in trade pitches. Ujiri added that he's already spoken to some agents regarding buyout candidates, via The Athletic's Eric Koreen.

The Memphis Grizzlies are still trying to find a trade partner for guard Mike Conley, and with less than five hours to go before the trade deadline, no deal has materialized despite teams like the Utah Jazz and the Detroit Pistons showing interest in acquiring the 11-year veteran. What I feel inside and how I feel about Memphis and its people has nothing to do with the franchise or a temporary thing.

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The Raptors are now second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-16, while the Grizzlies rank among the worst in the league at 22-23. Whether he can still reach the heights of peak Gasol, a player the Raptors had eyes on over the years according to intermittent reports, is of more debate.

Charlotte Hornets veteran point guard Tony Parker spent the majority of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, and he will now don a different team's jersey for the first time during his long National Basketball Association career when he takes the court for the Hornets this upcoming season.

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. Are the Raptors taking a big risk and will it be worth it?

"Experience does that for you", Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning. As an assistant he had worked closely with Valanciunas over many years, often travelling overseas in the summer to see him. "It's not gonna change to me", Gasol said prior to being traded, per Clutch Sports. He was selected by the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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