Toronto Raptors: 4 potential buyout market candidates

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the Grizzlies acquired center Jonas Valanciunas (YO-nahs vah-lahn-CHEW-nas), guard Delon Wright (deh-LON), guard/forward C.J. Miles and a 2024 second round draft pick from the Toronto Raptors for center Marc Gasol.

The Raptors, 40-16, are 1.5 games behind Milwaukee for the top record in the Eastern Conference while the Grizzlies, 22-34, have the second-worst record in the Western Conference, 8 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the last playoff spot. Zero. We're good, and I think his mind is focused on this run. Gasol has two years left on the five-year, $113-million deal he signed with the Grizzlies in 2015.

"I've been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it", Valanciunas said.

Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies is introduced before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 12, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gasol, meanwhile, could be in the Raptors' lineup Saturday in NY pending a team physical. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.

Partially due to the struggles of shooters they expected to be more consistent and reliable entering the season, one of the Raptors' surprising weaknesses has been three-point efficiency.

The Marc Gasol trade made it seem like it was only a matter of time before Mike Conley was going to leave Memphis.

In 25.6 minutes per game this season, the 26-year-old is averaging 14 points and 10.5 rebounds, with 3.9 of his boards coming on the offensive end. Toronto already has an impressive defensive rating (107.3) that ranks eighth-best among all National Basketball Association teams. Gasol has a player option for the 2019-20 season that would see him earn over $25 million. The Nets then waived the 28-year-old Monroe, who averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game during his first season with the Raptors.

  • Angelo Rivera