Grizzlies-Hornets Marc Gasol Trade 'not completely dead'

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Considering he is on a better, more well-rounded team now, it is possible we will see Gasol's overall production take a dip, though he will undoubtedly be a vital part of the Raptors for the remainder of the season.

The Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies will be rushing to file papers after pulling off a trade with only an hour left before the deadline.

The Raptors sent popular veteran forward Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles and Delon Wright, plus a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Grizzlies.

Marc Gasol was almost on his way to Charlotte but now that is not happening.

Gasol isn't the player he once was - a three-time All-Star and a perennial All-NBA candidate - but the Spaniard has the potential to be what Valanciunas was and more. Meanwhile, the Raptors have been looking to add upgrades around All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.

This season, Gasol has made 53 starts with the Grizzlies.

Lowry explained he isn't concerned because trades are just the nature of the business, and the Raptors will make a decision based on what's best for the franchise.

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"That's our goal and I think everybody on the team understands that and we'll keep trying to achieve that goal". "I love Toronto and I want to stay there".

Valanciunas hasn't played in almost two months after suffering a dislocated thumb, but is ready to return to the lineup.

"Experience does that for you", Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning. And that was the role they offered me, when I wanted to play.

"It's a business. I know that's such a cliché, but if they wanted to call me, I'm sure they would".

Valanciunas, Wright and Miles can become free agents next season. Now the center gets to try to replace Gasol.

Since the 2016-17 season, Gasol has been good for 1.4 3-pointers per game, doing so at a 35.7 percent clip.

Lowry, who has been selected as an all-star in each of the past five seasons, is averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game with his 9.2 assists per game ranking second-best in the National Basketball Association behind Russell Westbrook.

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