Raptors Star Jonas Valančiūnas Finally Returns To The Court This Week

NBA Trade Breakdown Memphis  Toronto trade Gasol to Raptors

Gasol, meanwhile, could be in the Raptors' lineup Saturday in NY pending a team physical. "The impact he has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his No. 33 jersey will hang in the rafters".

Head coach Nick Nurse said he believes Gasol's experience will give the Raptors "a settling force" come playoff time.

"The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role", Parker said, during an interview with L'Espresso.

I think it's fair to say that Toronto got the best player in the trade. Greg Monroe was also dealt to Brooklyn for cash considerations in a separate transaction.

Spicy P wasn't the only one giving the shorthanded Raptors their career best tonight, as Fred Van Vleet took advantage of his extra minutes en route to posting 30 points on 50-percent shooting from the field to go with five rebounds and six assists.

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The Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference and they added a boost in Gasol to help them keep pace with conference frontrunner Milwaukee Bucks, who traded for Nikola Mirotic on Thursday.

For the first time in his National Basketball Association career, the uniform Marc Gasol puts on for his next game will not be the threads of the Memphis Grizzlies. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary. A member of the Grizzlies' 2013 Western Conference Finals team, the Barcelona, Spain native became the first European-born player to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award (2012-13).

The 7-foot Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure.

That's because the big man was traded to the Raptors just before Thursday's deadline, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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