Raptors nearing an agreement to land Gasol

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They added an elite centre in Marc Gasol, and according to Masai Ujiri they are not done adding pieces for the playoff run. "Obviously he had little battles with his back and he's trying to get back to where he was before, and I think maybe we should take time and acknowledge that from when we came here, and this is all credit to him", he said. On top of that, Greg Monroe and Malachi Richardson were moved in separate deals as a way to gain some roster and financial flexibility. The Nets then waived the 28-year-old Monroe, who averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game during his first season with the Raptors.

Gasol (7-1, 255) has averaged 15.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.48 blocks in 33.7 minutes while shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 77.7 percent from the free throw line in 769 career regular season games (762 starts) in 11 National Basketball Association seasons, all with the Grizzlies. He is the Grizzlies' franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made. The 76ers and Bucks also made major moves ahead of the trade deadline, with Philly landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee getting Nikola Mirotic.

Though this may be the first time, since 2001, that a player by the name of Gasol has not played for the Memphis Grizzlies, it can be the opportunity for another Gasol brother to win an NBA World Championship. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary.

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Gasol has a $25.6 million player option for next season. He has averaged 15.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in 23.0 minutes in 10 games as a starter. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since.

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 under is also 5-2 in the Pelicans' last seven games versus the Southwest, is 5-1 in the Grizzlies' last six games overall and cashed in seven straight Memphis games when it faces an opponent with a losing record. Miles, Delon Wright and a second-round pick.