Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol goes to the net against Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas during the second half of NBA basketball action in Toronto Wednesday

In return, Toronto will send Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a future second round pick to Memphis.

The Memphis Grizzlies have signaled the end of an era, agreeing to trade franchise cornerstone Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors ahead of Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

The first of the two deals, both reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski will bring Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley to town in exchange for JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple. The Raptors are hopeful the addition of Gasol, a three-time All-Star who's averaging 18 points and eight rebounds, will give them even more firepower heading into the playoffs. He spent 11 seasons with the Grizzlies and is the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and made field goals. The former second-team All-American is averaging 8.0 points, 2.9 asissts, 2.9 rebounds and 20 minutes this season in his third season as an National Basketball Association reserve.

The 31-year-old Miles is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in the 2018-19 campaign.

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Despite the fact that his name was mentioned in trade rumors for some time during the lead-up to the deadline, however, 3 p.m. came and went without Conley getting traded. The Grizzlies would also get Toronto's 2024 second-round draft pick. 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.

Gasol is slated to make $24.1 million USA this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.

Valanciunas is in a similar spot with his contract and has a player option for next year that's just north of $17.6 million.

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