Raptors' Valanciunas to return tonight on TSN

Valanciunas was tied with Kyle Lowry as the Raptors' longest-tenured player, making his debut during the 2012-13 season after being selected fifth overall in the 2011 draft.

Gasol has always been one of the most well-rounded big men in the entire league.

A person familiar with the terms tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Raptors have acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including centre Jonas Valanciunas.

The Raptors are now second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-16, while the Grizzlies rank among the worst in the league at 22-23. It's just a matter of how far they're willing to go to get him. "I just know one thing, we have a good team, we have a good future in front of us".


Valanciunas, Wright and Miles can become free agents next season. Gasol, while at 34 is eight years older than the big Lithuanian, is a three-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, and a former Defensive Player of the Year.

To go along with his scoring, Gasol is an excellent passer. But this is a major coup for Toronto regardless, and another blockbuster move in the frantic arms race at the top of the Eastern Conference. Maybe not to the exact same extent - particularly when it comes to Miles, who is a volume 3-point shooter - but in a way that makes a three-for-one trade worth Toronto's while.

Gasol also has a $25.6 million player option for next season. Originally drafted in the second round by the Jazz out of high school in 2005, the 6-foot-5 wing player had played for Utah (2005-12), Cleveland (2012-14) and in (2014-17) before signing a three-year deal with Toronto last offseason. It may have taken a little time, but he has turned over more than half the roster, plus the coaching staff, of the best Raptors team that its fans had ever known. Either not much, or that was an excellent poker face he displayed.


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