Raptors trade Valanciunas to Grizzlies for Gasol in 4-player deal

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A person familiar with the terms tells The Associated Press that the Toronto Raptors have acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including centre Jonas Valanciunas. Gasol has spent his entire 10-year career with the Grizzlies.

Initial rumours named both Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry in a potential deal for Gasol and Memphis point guard Mike Conley.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season. He's the Grizzlies' all-time leader in points, rebounds, and blocks.

The 76ers and Bucks also made major moves ahead of the trade deadline, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

Gasol, a three-time All-Star and former defensive player of the year, doesn't generate headlines like some other big men in the National Basketball Association, but the 34-year-old is having another strong season averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary.

Every indication since Tuesday was that Marc Gasol would ultimately end up with the Charlotte Hornets.

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Wright has been with Toronto since being picked 20th overall by the Raptors out of Utah in 2015.

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

Valanciunas has been out since mid-December with a thumb injury but was going to make his return Thursday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Wright, 26, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 49 games this season.

Wright, a 6-foot-5 point guard, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game in his fourth National Basketball Association season.

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