Memphis chose to hold onto franchise point guard Mike Conley - he was also informed last month a trade was possible - as the Raptors made another bold move created to keep Toronto on the heels of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto finalized a deal with Memphis to pick up the three-time All-Star, the team announced Thursday. Memphis discussed trades with multiple teams, but made a decision to keep its franchise point guard. Gasol joins Kawhi Leonard, victor of the 2015 and 2016 Defensive Player Awards, on a 40-16 Raptors squad that through yesterday's games is one of the only teams in the National Basketball Association to rank in the top 10 in both offense and defense.
Prior to the injury, Valanciunas was enjoying a career-high 12.8 points per game (tied with 2015-16) this season and a.575 field goal percentage. The 7-foot big man had surgery for a dislocated thumb December 12, and hasn't played in a contest since his procedure.
The 31-year-old Miles is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in the 2018-19 campaign.
"Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons", Pera said.
The Raptors also traded centre Greg Monroe and a second-round pick in 2021 to the Brooklyn Nets, who are reportedly planning to waive the ninth-year veteran. Nurse and the Raptors have 26 game left in the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season to answer those questions. He can become a free agent this summer by opting out of the final year of his $25.5 million contract for the 2019-20 season.