Grizzlies will retire Marc Gasol’s No. 33

Mike Conley dribbles past Nemanja Bjelica

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded center Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round draft pick.

New Orleans only chose to play Davis after the league reminded the franchise of the rest rule, wherever the team could be levied a $100,000 fine per game that he Saturday Memphis dealt away Gasol and almost shifted Conley but couldn't get teams to meet their demands.

"I think with a player like Marc, we had talked about it for some time, it lined it up well for us I think (Gasol is still) a very strong player".

The team plans to aggressively pursue options who have been, or will be, made available in the buyout market, the Raptors president said during his post-deadline press conference. On top of that, Greg Monroe and Malachi Richardson were moved in separate deals as a way to gain some roster and financial flexibility. In his 11 seasons with Memphis, Gasol became the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made.

Even in another bad, anonymous Grizzlies season, Gasol has continued to produce, scoring 15.7 points per game and grabbing 8.6 rebounds per game.

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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. "He was a part of a core group of players that helped shape the identity of this franchise on and off the court and were embraced by the City of Memphis", Pera said in a statement.

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

Although this is the first time that the 34-year-old Gasol has been traded in his 11-year career, the warm welcomes, guidance of others and familiar faces within the organization seem to be helping with his transition. The Pelicans put up an average of 112.7 points per game in those situations compared to their full season mark of 116.2 points a night.

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

Gasol has a $25.6 million player option for next season.

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