Three reasons the Toronto Raptors had to trade for Marc Gasol

Silvia Morton
February 14, 2019

VanVleet will wear a splint for three weeks, the team said in a statement on Monday before its home game against the Brooklyn Nets. He played 54 games for the Grizzlies before he was traded to the Raptors.

He had to get his affairs in order, join the Raptors in NY, and attempt to soak up as much information as possible ahead of Toronto's clash with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

He finished with seven points, six rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist in 19 minutes of action.

"You understand the chance you have coming from a team that hasn't made the playoffs last year and more likely than not this year as well, having a chance to be back there, you know how much it means", Gasol said.

A few days before the trade deadline, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reported that the Raptors had offered the Grizzlies Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas in exchange for Gasol and Mike Conley.

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"That gets your juices going and makes you real excited", Gasol continued.

"We were playing in NY and you could already feel that energy", Gasol said.

"It's more about easing him in", Nurse said.

Although this is the first time that the 34-year-old Gasol has been traded in his 11-year career, the warm welcomes, guidance of others and familiar faces within the organization seem to be helping with his transition.

The former Memphis Grizzlies star could make his debut on Saturday against the New York Knicks. Although he hadn't been with the team long, the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year looked comfortable patrolling the defensive end and quickly contributed to the offence. But the Grizzlies advanced past the first round of the post-season just three times in the past decade, and didn't make the playoffs at all previous year. "Memphis fans - we get some fans in the stands - but not as many as you guys, or "us" now".

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