Grizzlies Cleaning Out Marc Gasol's Locker Ahead of Expected Trade

Sherman Parsons
February 10, 2019

Memphis chose to hold onto franchise point guard Mike Conley - he was also informed last month a trade was possible - as the Raptors made another bold move created to keep Toronto on the heels of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.

Memphis acquired Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second round pick.

The Grizzlies, however, kept Mike Conley after discussing deals for their franchise point guard with multiple teams.

"Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons", Pera said.

A pair of Southwest Division teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture take the floor in Grind City.

Marc Gasol will forever be connected to the city of Memphis. He is the Grizzlies' franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made.

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In 53 games, Conley has averaged 20.4 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 6.4 assists per game - all in the top-three for his career.

The Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference and they added a boost in Gasol to help them keep pace with conference frontrunner Milwaukee Bucks, who traded for Nikola Mirotic on Thursday.

The 12-year National Basketball Association veteran has been enjoying an incredible bounce-back year in Memphis after only playing 12 games last season.

Gasol, a three-time NBA All-Star and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, helped Spain to two Eurobasket titles and two Olympic silver medals in 2008 and 2012. Prior to the trade, the Raptors had expected the center to return against Atlanta on Thursday night, with the team tweeting out a picture of Valanciunas with a quote from him saying, "I'm back". Miles, 31, has been a disappointment, scoring just 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.

Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season with the Raptors.

Gasol is slated to make US$24.1 million this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.

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