Sunday, 15 December, 2019


Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies
Noah Ferguson | 08 February, 2019, 06:42

Valanciunas, 26, was drafted by the Raptors in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 National Basketball Association entry draft and is in his seventh season with the team.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Raptors are in the final stages of a blockbuster deal to obtain centre Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright and a future second round draft pick.

However, due to Lowry's dip in performance this past year, most notably when his free-throw rate dropped several points, it was Valančiūnas who became a better trade for the Grizzlies.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season.

Valanciunas hasn't played in almost two months after suffering a dislocated thumb, but is ready to return to the lineup. The Spaniard is slated to make $24.1 million this year and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.

Since the 2016-17 season, Gasol has been good for 1.4 3-pointers per game, doing so at a 35.7 percent clip.

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.

"I've been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it", Valanciunas said. I just know one thing. Toronto (39-16) is two games back of the Milwaukee Bucks (40-13) atop the Eastern Conference. The Lithuanian center is now matching his career high of 12.8 points per game with 7.2 rebounds despite averaging just under 19 minutes per contest.

Miles, 31, is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds this season.

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