Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Raptors nearing deal for Marc Gasol

Raptors nearing deal for Marc Gasol

The 76ers and Bucks have also made major moves as the trade deadline nears, with the Sixers landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

Gasol was averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 53 games this year.

Jonas Valanciunas had been sidelined since December 12 (Dec. 13, PHL time) with a dislocated left thumb.

Leonard also has a player option for 2019-20, worth $21 million.

Valanciunas, who was set to make his return from a broken hand on Thursday night, said he was aware of the trade rumours but wasn't anxious. Keep an eye on a point guard-starved team, such as the Orlando Magic or Phoenix Suns, to make a run at Fultz.

The Grizzlies came into this season insisting they could be a playoff team.

Most notably, the 34-year-old big man will be a strong defensive presence for the Raptors.

Memphis sent Gasol to the Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, a person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details couldn't be announced until approved by the National Basketball Association.

Valančiūnas had previously weighed in on trade discussion stating that he wished to stay in Toronto.

It was flop-sweats time for Raptors fans and, even if they might not admit, for Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster and everyone else in the Toronto front office.

"With him, just knowing his personality and who he is, I never got the sense that he didn't want to be here", Bickerstaff said.

SInce Dec.14, the Raptors are 16-9 without Valaciunas in the lineup and are second in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors are doing all they can to get to the NBA Finals this season, but you already knew that.

Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Wright is scoring 6.9 points per game and Miles is putting up 5.5 points. He was in his second season in Toronto, having joined the team during the 2017 off-season.

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