Owner: Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s jersey in future

Owner: Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s jersey in future

Javier Howell
February 10, 2019

Memphis will receive Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick in return.

The trade comes after a flurry of activity in the Eastern Conference that saw several potential playoff opponents of the Raptors make moves to bolster their squads. "I just know one thing, we have a good team, we have a good future in front of us". In the span of just minutes, the Grizzlies struck two deals, one of which sent Marc Gasol out of town, ending an incredible run with the team.

"I think with a player like Marc, we had talked about it for some time, it lined it up well for us", Ujiri said.

Gasol, 34, has played his entire 11-year career in Memphis, earning three All-Star nods and helping establish the Grizzlies' famed "Grit and Grind" style.

Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Whether he can still reach the heights of peak Gasol, a player the Raptors had eyes on over the years according to intermittent reports, is of more debate.

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The former England global told Sky Sports: "I look at Ole and I see that he is a student of the game". That's why we play. 'We're happy with the wins but we aren't satisfied with the overall situation.

It's not a surprise that Toronto made a move because Philly added Tobias Harris and Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.

Gasol, meanwhile, could be in the Raptors' lineup Saturday in NY pending a team physical.

The 7-foot Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season. He can become a free agent this summer by opting out of the final year of his $25.5 million contract for the 2019-20 season.

Over the years, the NBA's trade deadline has been one of the more entertaining times of the season. He is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game this season.