Raptors finalizing deal to acquire Gasol from Memphis

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A 2024 second-round pick is also included in the deal.

Now, team president Masai Ujiri hopes Toronto isn't done yet.

Kyle Lowry is fully aware of the speculation and uncertainty surrounding his future with the Toronto Raptors but says he hopes to stay with the team. Ujiri added that he's already spoken to some agents regarding buyout candidates, via The Athletic's Eric Koreen.

The addition of Gasol should help them keep pace with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, who were both busy on Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) National Basketball Association trade deadline. With that possibility now out the window for the time being, they've fallen back down to +4000, which is even worse than they were before.

His scoring has dropped off in recent years, but Gasol has still been good for 15.7 points per game this season, more than what Valanciunas has ever averaged and slightly less than what Ibaka is posting in what has been a career year.

Miles, who turns 32 in March, is averaging 10 points per game off the bench for Toronto.

In parting ways with Valanciunas, the Raptors lose a genuinely likeable big man, a guy who had become a franchise great somewhat by virtue of having been a long-serving member of the team during the best era in its history.

After the Milwaukee Bucks - acquiring Nikola Mirotic - and Philadelphia 76ers - picking up Tobias Harris - made big moves to try and bolster their status atop the Eastern Conference, it appears the Raptors felt the pressure to jump into the arms race. Plus, Valanciunas can opt out of his contract this summer.

After Thursday night's game, in which an undermanned Raptors squad eventually overcame a young Hawks team, Nurse said he was excited to see what Gasol would mean to his roster. He was selected by the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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