Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Grizzlies offers fond farewell to Gasol

Grizzlies offers fond farewell to Gasol

The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 before the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

The Raptors are planning to deal away their former fifth overall draft pick (2011) Jonas Valanciunas along with Delon Wright and C.J. Miles to Memphis.

That wasn't the only deal the Grizzlies made, as management was busy, pulling off four deals in total and one big "no deal", electing to hold onto to Conley instead of deal him to the long-rumored Utah Jazz or Detroit Pistons. Memphis discussed trades with multiple teams, but chose to keep its franchise point guard. In his 11 seasons with Memphis, Gasol became the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made.

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

Jonas Valanciunas had been sidelined since December 12 (Dec. 13, PHL time) with a dislocated left thumb. He is the only player in franchise history to be named to the All-NBA First Team (2014-15) and Second Team (2012-13) and was selected to a franchise-record three NBA All-Star Games (2012, 2015, 2017), starting the 2015 NBA All-Star Game opposite his older brother, Pau Gasol.

Valanciunas, Miles and Wright can enter free agency next season.

Owner Robert Pera issued a statement Friday morning after the franchise confirmed the trade netting Memphis a trio of players and a second-round draft pick in the 2024 draft. The 34-year-old big man has a player option for next season which comes with a cap hit of more than $25.59 million, per Spotrac.

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