And then a little after midday the Milwaukee Bucks jumped in, pilfering sweet-shooting big man Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans for roster flotsam and draft picks, an addition that will make the East-leading Bucks even more of a handful than the Toronto Raptors have already found them to be.
The Raptors do assume some risk in this trade as Gasol carries an expensive player option next season at $25 million and they need to fill out the rest of the roster with only 26 games to get it all together ahead of the postseason.
"He's really excited to be here and this is, I think, exciting for us going forward as we move to all of us trying to achieve a dream of contending for a championship in the NBA", Ujiri, the team president, said in Toronto late Thursday night. What can the Raptors expect from Gasol given his age and contract? The seven-foot-one Spaniard is a two-time Olympian, and will be reunited with Spanish coach and Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo in Toronto.
Gasol has been with the Grizzlies for 11 seasons, which was tied with Russell Westbrook for the fourth-longest tenure with one franchise among active players. The team posted a photo of the big Lithuanian on social media with two words: "I'm back".
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The ring was very noticeable. "She was wearing a cute black dress with white polka dots", an eyewitness told the outlet. This year she will reprise her role as Mystique in the forthcoming X-men movie, titled Dark Phoenix .
Last summer, Gasol volunteered as part of a Spanish rescue effort in the Mediterranean Sea, plucking people from the water who were fleeing Africa. Deep admiration for these I call my teammates at this time.
The Memphis Grizzlies were expected to make waves ahead of the National Basketball Association trade deadline, and roughly one hour before the final buzzer, they did just that. "If nothing insane happens, I will be playing". "I'm sure they'll make the most of a new opportunity and chance to go out there and prove themselves with another team".
If Conley changes his mind, Utah might not be the worst landing spot, as playing alongside a young talent like Donovan Mitchell could allow him to play off the ball more and give in to his recent scoring ways, allowing him to flourish for a team with playoff aspirations.
Ujiri, meanwhile, made two moves just prior to the 2017 deadline, acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic and P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns.