Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol traded to the Raptors

Rex Christensen
February 14, 2019

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The NBA's trade deadline might have passed, but the off-court action doesn't seem to be slowing down at all for the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors made the announcement Monday, hours after ESPN reported veteran point guard Jeremy Lin was finalizing a buyout of his Hawks contract and intends to sign with Toronto. He was excited about his home debut.

Gasol's blue-collar work ethic made him one of the Grizzlies' most popular players.

"We were playing in NY and you could already feel that energy", Gasol said. "And what you're playing for, it's exciting as well".

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Gasol appreciates Toronto's longstanding Spanish connection. He was just 16 when his brother Pau was drafted by the Grizzlies in 2001, and the entire Gasol family made the move from Barcelona to the southern USA city. Gasol moved as a teenager to Germantown, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis, shortly after his brother Pau was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies.

Marc Gasol takes a shot in his debut with the Toronto Raptors against the New York Knicks on Saturday night. He attended tiny Memphis private high school Lausanne Collegiate School. 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.

The three-time All-Star also mentioned the familiarity he has with former Memphis Grizzlies teammate Kyle Lowry, former Spanish National Team teammate Serge Ibaka and the multiple playoff runs he had against Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

So, while being traded might have been a tough adjustment earlier in his career, Gasol sounds like he was ready to make this move.

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