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Toronto Raptors: Trading for Marc Gasol a gamble worth taking

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The deal is interesting as it provides not only depth across the roster but also provides the Grizzlies a solid guard in Wright who could even see additional minutes if Conley is dealt.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists (which ranks second among National Basketball Association centers, trailing only Nikola Jokic's 7.7). Moving forward, Memphis has added a few young pieces and moved a decent-sized contract in Gasol in the process. He played for the first time since the injury Thursday, finishing with six points and 11 rebounds off the bench in the Hornets' 117-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "I think another guy who can get you a bucket. that would relieve us a little bit with Kawhi (Leonard) and Kyle (Lowry). that high post passing is very important for us, elbow passing from a big guy who can really pass the ball". The 76ers and Bucks also made major moves ahead of the trade deadline, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

The seven-foot-one Spaniard, who played all 11 of his National Basketball Association seasons in Memphis, is slated to make US$24.1 million this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.

The point guard agreed to a five-year, $153 million deal with the Grizzlies in the summer of 2016. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary. Four more players from that 13-man roster are also now all former Raptors: Wright, Jakob Poeltl, Lorenzo Brown and Bebe Nogueira.

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". He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since. Any player put on the market by then can suit up for Toronto in the playoffs as long as they are signed on or before the last day of the NBA's regular season.

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

Several players seem to be drawing extra attention from the Raptors, who have to fill both the centre slot vacated by Monroe and need extra depth on the wings after losing Wright and Miles.

Memphis also waived forward Omri Casspi to get its roster down to the National Basketball Association limit of 15.

Conley has tallied 20.4 points and 6.4 assists per game while knocking down 36.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in 2018-19.

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