Raptors acquire Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

The Toronto Raptors have acquired centre Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles, and a 2024 second-round pick, the team announced Thursday.

Gasol was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round in 2007. Less than a year later, he was traded to Memphis as part of a package that saw his brother, Pau, go the other way.

Since then, the 34-year-old has become one of the steadiest big men in the Association. He’s averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in his career.

He has started in all 53 games he’s appeared in this season, putting up 15.7 points, 8.6 boards, and 4.7 helpers in 33.7 minutes a game.

Gasol is under contract until 2020, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. He’s owed $25.5 million in 2019-20.

Valanciunas has spent his entire career with the Raptors after they selected him fifth overall in 2011. He has missed 25 games this season after dislocating his thumb against the Golden State Warriors in December.

The 26-year-old has only started in 10 of his 30 appearances this season but has averaged 12.8 points, one assist, and 7.2 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game.

Wright, 26, was taken by Toronto with the No. 20 pick in 2015. In his first four NBA campaigns, the Utah product provided length and two-way play off the bench in relief of Kyle Lowry. However, with the emergence of Fred VanVleet, Wright has seen his minutes drop slightly this season.

He started two games this season with Lowry missing time with injuries. In 49 games, Wright has put up 6.9 points, 2.2 assists, and 2.6 rebounds on 43.3 percent shooting.

After being acquired ahead of last season to provide the Raptors with a steady 3-point shooter off the bench, Miles has had trouble finding his stroke this year. He’s shot just 31.4 percent from beyond the arc in 40 games this year – down from 36.1 clip he fired at in 2017-18 – and has seen his minutes slashed from 19.1 to 14.1 as a result.

He’s averaged 5.5 points, 1.7 boards, and 0.6 assists on the year.

Wright will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2020. He will carry a $10.9-million cap hit next season. Valanciunas and Miles can hit the open market following the next campaign. They are owed $17.6 and $8.7 million in 2019-20, respectively.

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