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.
The Raptors reportedly offered Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry for Gasol and Mike Conley, but that deal was rejected by the Grizzlies.
After the game on the ESPN broadcast, he said his teammates wanted him to play and Davis said that he was just happy to go out there and play basketball.
"I think with a player like Marc, we had talked about it for some time, it lined it up well for us I think (Gasol is still) a very strong player".
In a separate deal, the Raptors traded veteran center Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations. He was a part of a core group of players that helped shape the identity of this franchise on and off the court and were embraced by the City of Memphis. Conley is third at 12 seasons.
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Memphis will receive Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick in return.
Gasol finished his Grizzlies career with averages of 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 769 games.
Valanciunas has been out since mid-December with a thumb injury but was going to make his return Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
The 34-year-old Gasol is making $24.1 million this season and has a player option worth $25.6 million for next season.
The 26-year-old Wright, who was selected by Toronto in the first round of the 2015 draft, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes of action per game this season. Anthony Davis contributes a team high 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.56 blocks and 1.71 steals per contest.