NBA Trade Rumors: Toronto Raptors Eye Marc Gasol For Jonas Valanciunas
Will All-Star center Marc Gasol don Toronto Raptors’ colors? Sources hint that the Raptors’ think-tank is eyeing to rope in Gasol in exchange of Jonas Valanciunas ahead of the February 18 deadline.Advertisement
Toronto is eager to boost their roster before the playoffs. They were swept by the Washington Wizards last season, and this time, the Raptors are reluctant to give up the fight.
Zach Lowe of ESPN points out that the Raptors have initiated the move to land the Memphis Grizzlies’ center by trading off Jonas Valanciunas. But it requires more than just Valanciunas to convince Memphis in order to acquire Marc Gasol, according to Lowe. It’s interesting to see what the Raptors have in their pipeline for Gasol.
Sitting in a 24-15 record with a 2nd position in the conference, the Raptors’ are aiming high. But GM Masai Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey are not confident of the current roster succeeding in postseason. That’s the reason the Raptors are pursuing stars who can make difference on court.
Currently, the Raptors have two first-round picks both for this year and next. But the Grizzlies are strong contenders in the Western Conference and would be keen on holding onto their masterpieces of the roster.