National Basketball Association trade deadline: Raptors reportedly close to acquiring Marc Gasol from Grizzlies

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The Raptors did not want to be left behind and they stepped up in a big way.

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol.

According to Wojnarowski, Toronto is planning to send Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Milles and a 2024 second-round pick to the Grizzlies in exchange for Gasol.

Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies is introduced before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 12, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The NBA trade deadline has become a spectacle in recent years, and Thursday's deadline is sure to be no different.

It's a bit surprising that this was all they were able to get back for Gasol, but the big man is clearly past his prime and could opt-in to a player option for next season for $25 million.

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These two players are not the only Raptors who have received recognition as a former Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner. Serge Ibaka finished No. 4 overall in voting in 2014, No. 3 overall in 2013 and No. 2 overall in 2012. He has thrived for years in Memphis playing with Mike Conley, who is a star point guard in his own right.

"The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role", Parker said, during an interview with L'Espresso.

The Raptors made a major move just a day after the Sixers completed a blockbuster deal for Tobias Harris.

"Markieff was an important part of our team during his time here, and we appreciate his contributions over the last four seasons". He's averaged 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds so far this season. We have a good future in front of us for this season so I just want to go on the court and play ball and win the games.

Miles is averaging 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 40 contests this year.

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