Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Raptors have two Defensive Players of the Year after adding Marc Gasol

Raptors have two Defensive Players of the Year after adding Marc Gasol

A 2024 second-round pick is also included in the deal.

The Toronto Raptors traded for Marc Gasol and the Milwaukee Bucks acquired Nikola Mirotic at the trade deadline. The Hornets had been the favorite to land the Memphis big man, but Gasol is now headed to Canada.

It is a power move for Toronto, as it looks to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference. Two days later, Memphis traded away its career leader in points, rebounds and blocks to at least get something in case Gasol opted out this summer. The Lithuanian big man heads to Memphis averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season.

News of the deal broke just an hour before the trade deadline at 3:00 p.m.

Rumours of a possible trade had been swirling around Raptor's organization over the last few days, with both Valančiūnas' and Toronto powerhouse Kyle Lowry mentioned in trade pitches.

The ridiculous reason Meghan Markle always has to stand behind Kate Middleton
The moment is seriously sweet, and royal fans can't get enough of this rare insight into Meghan's pregnancy . Well, this time, it's not affecting her and Duchess Kate Middleton , but it's affecting their husbands.

Trail Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood
In 45 games this season, Hood is averaging 12.2 points on.427 shooting, 2.0 assists and 2.7 boards over 27.4 minutes a night. Former Cavaliers swingman Rodney Hood is expected to be a key contributor for the Blazers.

Trump guests include freed drug offender, bullied student
Conway says Trump will also meet with guests the White House has invited to sit with first lady Melania Trump during the speech. She made her first public appearance since the surgery on Monday at a concert given by her daughter-in-law in Washington , D.C.

Gasol, 34, has been a franchise cornerstone for the Grizzlies, but was made available a couple weeks back.

"Marc brings significant playoff experience to our team, which along with his savviness and leadership skills really helps position us for our ultimate post-season goal", Raptors president Masai Ujiri said.

Valanciunas was cleared to play today after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb and was expected in Toronto's lineup for Thursday's game at Atlanta.

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. Miles, 31, has been a disappointment, scoring just 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game. The Raptors have just 10 players under National Basketball Association contracts, and they must be at 14 within the next two weeks.

Like this: