Marc Gasol headed to Raptors as trade deadline heats up

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After over a decade manning the middle, endearing himself to an entire city for what he did both on and off the court, Marc Gasol is now a Toronto Raptor.

The Memphis Grizzlies' franchise star has been floated in potential trades for some time, but it seems all but certain that he'll end up being dealt to the Charlotte Hornets based on the latest reporting.

The Raptors acquired Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies.

It will be interesting to see just how much of an upgrade this deal is for the Raptors, but it was certainly worth a roll of the dice considering how little they had to give up for the veteran big man.

"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. Our young players, the Jaren Jacksons and Ivan Rabbs, we want them to taste winning.

Memphis will receive Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick in return.

These two players are not the only Raptors who have received recognition as a former Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner. Serge Ibaka finished No. 4 overall in voting in 2014, No. 3 overall in 2013 and No. 2 overall in 2012.

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Toronto finalized a deal with Memphis to pick up the three-time All-Star, the team announced Thursday.

The 34-year-old center leaves the Grizzlies as the all-time leader in points, blocks, and minutes played.

It's not a surprise that Toronto made a move because Philly added Tobias Harris and Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic.

I think it's fair to say that Toronto got the best player in the trade. Conley is third at 12 seasons. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary.

That 2012 roster also contained a man by the name of Serge Ibaka, who now plays for the Raptors and was coached by Sergio Scariolo, an assistant coach in Toronto.

Valanciunas, Miles and Wright can enter free agency next season.

Memphis also waived forward Omri Casspi to get its roster down to the National Basketball Association limit of 15. He averaged 6.3 points in 36 games with Memphis this season.

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