Memphis Grizzlies agree to trade veteran Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

Memphis Grizzlies agree to trade veteran Marc Gasol to Toronto Raptors

The 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year has career averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks, while twice being named to the All-NBA team.

Valanciunas was cleared to play today after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb and was expected in Toronto's lineup for Thursday's game at Atlanta.

According to Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer, talks between Memphis and the Charlotte Hornets surrounding a deal for Gasol fell short of being completed on Tuesday night, opening the door for Toronto to make a move.

In order to acquire Gasol, the Hornets would have to roughly match his $24.1 million salary with contracts sent to the Grizzlies.

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.

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He has been linked to trade rumours this week, but said Thursday he hopes to stay in Toronto. "The impact he has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his No. 33 jersey will hang in the rafters". Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach.

The Raptors (39-16) now sit in second place in the East.

Valanciunas, 26, was drafted by the Raptors in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 National Basketball Association entry draft and is in his seventh season with the team.

Wright has been with Toronto since being picked 20th overall by the Raptors out of Utah in 2015.

Valanciunas, 26, has been the Raptors' starting center and has compiled season averaged of 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds.