Friday, beleaguered general manager Chris Wallace met the media, explaining the moves the Grizzlies made at Thursday's deadline, sending Gasol to Toronto, shipping out three other players for guys with upside and financial and roster flexibility, and moving forward.
The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly decided on a trade featuring All-Star big man Marc Gasol. 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.
Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 53 games this season. He spent 11 seasons with the Grizzlies and is the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and made field goals.
Gasol is making $24 million this season and has a $25.6 million player option for next year.
The 31-year-old Miles is averaging 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in the 2018-19 campaign.
The deal came at an interesting time for the big Lithuanian, who was expected to be in Toronto's lineup for Thursday night's game in Atlanta after missing the previous 25 games with a dislocated left thumb.
Valanciunas, 26, was drafted by the Raptors in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 National Basketball Association entry draft and is in his seventh season with the team. Of his first six selections, five will become free agents at season's end.