The Raptors pulled off one of the league’s biggest deals at the NBA trade deadline yesterday. They acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright and a second-round pick in the 2024 draft. In a separate deal, the Raptors sent veteran forward Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash.
Marc Gasol is a three-time all-star and the 2013 defensive player of the year. He’s averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals a game, and his 4.7 assists a night is second best in the league. The seven-foot-one Spaniard is a two-time Olympian, and will be reunited with Spanish coach and Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo in Toronto. Gasol, who played 11 seasons in Memphis, is slated to make $24.1 million US this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.
The Raptors were on the court in Atlanta last night. Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 33 points, Fred VanVleet added a career-best 30 and Toronto rallied to beat the Hawks 119-101. Next up they take on the Knicks tomorrow.
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