The Memphis Grizzlies Are Reportedly Trading All-Star Marc Gasol

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Memphis Grizzlies kept guard Mike Conley through Thursday's trade deadline. The team values him as a mentor for rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., and Conley was not eager to be dealt, a separate ESPN report added.

The Grizzlies will also receive Jonas Valanciunas and a 2024 second-round draft pick from Memphis in exchange for the 7-foot-1 big man.

Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season with the Raptors.

The 34-year-old center is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists over 53 games with the Grizzlies this season. He spent 11 seasons with the Grizzlies and is the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and made field goals.

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 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure.

Gasol, a second-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, will now get to play for a legitimate NBA Finals contender in the Raptors.

Several players seem to be drawing extra attention from the Raptors, who have to fill both the centre slot vacated by Monroe and need extra depth on the wings after losing Wright and Miles. Valanciunas and Miles have player options, and Wright will become a restricted free agent. He is owed $67 million over the next two seasons, including an early termination option in 2020-21, and is expected to draw interest as a trade target after the season.

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