The Raptors are planning to deal away their former fifth overall draft pick (2011) Jonas Valanciunas along with Delon Wright and C.J. Miles to Memphis. Gasol was pulled from the game against the Charlotte Hornets, had a trash bag of his belongings next to his locker and only joined the team to come sit on the bench.
The Raptors acquired Marc Gasol from the Grizzlies.
A fan favourite in Toronto, Valanciunas showed flashes of promise with the Raptors but never fully materialized into a dominant centre.
Of all the teams that were interested in Marc Gasol, the Toronto Raptors were the best option for him, as a player. He has thrived for years in Memphis playing with Mike Conley, who is a star point guard in his own right.
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It's not a surprise that Toronto made a move because Philly added Tobias Harris and Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic. "The impact he has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his #33 jersey will hang in the rafters of FedExForum next to Zach and Tony". Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach. Memphis even sat Gasol during last night's game against Minnesota as the two sides discussed the framework of the deal. He is the Grizzlies' franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made.
Valanciunas, 26, has been the Raptors' starting center and has compiled season averaged of 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. He's under contract until the end of next season, earning $25.6 million. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.
Miles, 31, is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds this season.
Leonard also has a player option for 2019-20, worth $21 million.