Toronto Raptors: Trading for Marc Gasol a gamble worth taking

Toronto Raptors: Trading for Marc Gasol a gamble worth taking

Toronto Raptors: Trading for Marc Gasol a gamble worth taking

It will be interesting to see just how much of an upgrade this deal is for the Raptors, but it was certainly worth a roll of the dice considering how little they had to give up for the veteran big man.

First reported by ESPN, the Grizzlies are sending Gasol to Toronto for Jonas Valenciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round drat pick.

While Harris and Mirotic are fine players, neither compares overall to former All-Star Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol.

While the West's Golden State Warriors remain the team to beat on Sports Interaction's National Basketball Association title odds, the Eastern Conference is now clearly better than the West at the top following Thursday's trade deadline.

Since the 2016-17 season, Gasol has been good for 1.4 3-pointers per game, doing so at a 35.7 percent clip. It was a bit surprising in light of the Gasol move that the Grizzlies wouldn't go through a hard reset but, in the end, Conley is sticking around.

Much like Nick Nurse did with Valanciunas and Ibaka, he'll have the option of starting Gasol or Ibaka depending on the matchup; Gasol against bully ball centres like Joel Embiid and Ibaka against floor spacers like Brook Lopez.

"The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role", Parker said, during an interview with L'Espresso.

In parting ways with Valanciunas, the Raptors lose a genuinely likeable big man, a guy who had become a franchise great somewhat by virtue of having been a long-serving member of the team during the best era in its history.

One of the factors that seem to have made a Conley trade hard for Memphis is the speculation that he only wants to be traded to an Eastern Conference team. "Mike is one heck of a player, and we're going to need good players moving forward".

Instead, they just matched the 22 wins from last season on Tuesday in a game Gasol left the arena early after being benched without explanation.

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