The Raptors pulled out all the stops ahead of the NBA's 3pm EST trade deadline on Thursday. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. They had resisted the idea of trading Gasol or Mike Conley for a few years, but their big swoon this season made them finally face reality; trying to build around that duo no longer made sense.
According to ESPN, the Grizzlies reportedly explored deals with several teams but ultimately chose to hang on to the 31-year-old Conley, who is in his 12th season with Memphis and is the franchise's all-time leader in games, assists, 3-point field goals and steals.
Gasol, a second-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, will now get to play for a legitimate NBA Finals contender in the Raptors. Moving forward, Memphis has added a few young pieces and moved a decent-sized contract in Gasol in the process.
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.
Memphis will receive Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick in return. After a bit of a slow start to the day, we've got our first really big trade of the day. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 before the National Basketball Association trade deadline.
The 2019 National Basketball Association trade deadline is really kicking into gear.