Raptors Star Jonas Valančiūnas Finally Returns To The Court This Week

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The Raptors are hopeful the addition of Gasol, a three-time All-Star who's averaging 18 points and eight rebounds, will give them even more firepower heading into the playoffs.

There were rumblings suggesting the team was in talks with the Memphis Grizzlies and it appears those conversations finally led to a deal getting done as the Raptors acquired Marc Gasol. The Hornets had been the favorite to land the Memphis big man, but Gasol is now headed to Canada.

While the West's Golden State Warriors remain the team to beat on Sports Interaction's National Basketball Association title odds, the Eastern Conference is now clearly better than the West at the top following Thursday's trade deadline.

Parker averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game last season for the Spurs.

Gasol took home the award after the 2013 season. Gasol has two years left on the five-year, $113-million deal he signed with the Grizzlies in 2015.

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"I personally want to be in Toronto", Lowry said, as reported by the Athletic. Valanciunas is a solid player, but he doesn't make much sense for the Grizzlies long term, and neither does Miles. Gasol has been open about how he would react to a potential trade.

Memphis also sent Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green to the Clippers for guard Avery Bradley, and a person told the AP on condition of anonymity because details hadn't been announced yet that Memphis swapped Shelvin Mack to Atlanta for Tyler Dorsey.

Valanciunas had been expected to return to the court Thursday after missing 25 games with an injured thumb. "My relationship with the Grizzlies might change, but my relationship with Memphis won't".

The Washington Wizards traded Otto Porter Jr to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, the club confirmed Wednesday night.

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