Raptors to acquire Marc Gasol, send Jonas Valanciunas to Grizzlies

Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are Grizzlies icons but they could be on the move ahead of the NBA trade

The Toronto Raptors are finalizing a deal that would send three players and a draft pick to Memphis for Marc Gasol, ESPN is reporting. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gasol joins Kawhi Leonard, victor of the 2015 and 2016 Defensive Player Awards, on a 40-16 Raptors squad that through yesterday's games is one of the only teams in the National Basketball Association to rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense.

With the end of the trade deadline comes the next big stage for the Toronto Raptors, which is looking at the buyout market for upgrades on what is now a depleted roster.

Gasol, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists through 53 games this season. Wright is a nice wing to add, and extra picks are never bad, but a second-rounder from the Raptors isn't exactly that exciting.

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"I don't understand why Mike is in those talks", Gasol told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. While Gasol and Conley were both hot-button topics over recent days, many believed the veteran center would be heading to the Charlotte Hornets.

After the Milwaukee Bucks - acquiring Nikola Mirotic - and Philadelphia 76ers - picking up Tobias Harris - made big moves to try and bolster their status atop the Eastern Conference, it appears the Raptors felt the pressure to jump into the arms race. Miles, Delon Wright and a second-round pick.

The 2019 National Basketball Association trade deadline is really kicking into gear.

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