The final hour until the trade deadline Thursday brought one of the biggest moves of the NBA season thus far.
The Grizzlies, after much speculation about whether or not J.B. Bickerstaff's team would rebuild, traded Marc Gasol to the Raptors. In exchange for Memphis' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Toronto dealt
FULL TRADE DETAILS— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 7, 2019
2024 2nd-round pick
What I don't love about the deal is that it accompanies Memphis' bizarre determination to hold onto Mike Conley Jr. Mentorship aside, the Grizzlies should be trying to hoard assets. This deal isn't strong enough for Memphis to merit trading the franchise leader in points, rebounds, and blocks.
One factor in the Grizzlies not trading Mike Conley: They value him as a mentor for Jaren Jackson Jr., a 19-year-old being groomed as the future face of the franchise. Conley was not eager to leave Memphis.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 7, 2019
Toronto Raptors: Marc Gasol
This trade boils down to Masai Ujiri's win-now mentality for Toronto. With Kawhi possibly on his way out of town after this season, the 2019 season might be their best shot at winning a title. Bringing Marc Gasol to the Raptors will boast a terrific starting lineup with Gasol, Lowry, Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Serge Ibaka.
With the trade deadline coming to a close, I think Toronto got the better of this deal. What's more, the cleared roster spots might allow the Raptors to be involved in the buyout market. With Toronto fortifying its roster, there is a tremendous battle brewing in the East, between the Celtics, Raptors, Bucks, and 76ers.
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