Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

Lynette Rowe
February 8, 2019

"Lowry is definitely concerned about being traded by tomorrow". It is not so much that Gasol is no longer good, because he is. Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press says that the Pistons "aren't expecting to land Conley" at the moment.

The Raptors may not be finished with their deadline dealings as they have as many as three roster spots to fill - the team dealt guard Malachi Richardson to the 76ers yesterday for cash considerations. Sam Amick from The Athletic indicates that IN has add itself into the picture, too.

Valanciunas, 26, has been the Raptors' starting center and has compiled season averaged of 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds.

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"I don't understand why Mike is in those talks", Gasol told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "I love Toronto and I want to stay here".

Valanciunas, who had missed the last 25 games for the Raptors, was scheduled to return to the lineup tonight against the Atlanta Hawks before the trade was announced. Gasol is one of eight players to average at least 10 points and six rebounds for each of the 11 seasons since the start of the 2008-09 year, according to Opta. They retained their two prized young forwards, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby, both of whom would be expected to be the centrepieces of a rebuild effort should the Raptors' fortunes go pear-shaped sometime between April and July. "But there is no replacing what Marc has done here, and what he's meant to this team". It seems the trade demands for Memphis make this deal unlikely to happen. MarShon Brooks finally was traded away January 3 along with Wayne Selden Jr.to Chicago.

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