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Raptors have two Defensive Players of the Year after adding Marc Gasol

Raptors have two Defensive Players of the Year after adding Marc Gasol”

The first of the two deals, both reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski will bring Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley to town in exchange for JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple.

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.

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the Grizzlies acquired center Jonas Valanciunas (YO-nahs vah-lahn-CHEW-nas), guard Delon Wright (deh-LON), guard/forward C.J. Miles and a 2024 second round draft pick from the Toronto Raptors for center Marc Gasol.

Valanciunas is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds this season with the Raptors. He is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game this season.

Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season.

After trading star player Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies Robert Pera said Friday the team consider retiring the center's No. 33 jersey some day in the future. They added an elite centre in Marc Gasol, and according to Masai Ujiri they are not done adding pieces for the playoff run. Valanciunas is a solid player, but he doesn't make much sense for the Grizzlies long term, and neither does Miles. He is owed $67 million over the next two seasons, including an early termination option in 2020-21, and is expected to draw interest as a trade target after the season.



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