The Raptors reportedly offered Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry for Gasol and Mike Conley, but that deal was rejected by the Grizzlies. Gasol, while at 34 is eight years older than the big Lithuanian, is a three-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, and a former Defensive Player of the Year.
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Memphis sent Gasol to the Raptors in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, a person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details couldn't be announced until approved by the National Basketball Association. "I think it's amusing to say, as a coach-player deal, but I think we'll be friends for life man, for sure". If he truly doesn't want to end up with Utah and the Grizzlies aren't willing to take less than two first-round picks, it would seem trade talks have hit troubled waters.
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Valanciunas hasn't played in almost two months after suffering a dislocated thumb, but is ready to return to the lineup.
Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning: "I am really excited".
This season, Lowry is averaging a career-high 9.2 assists with 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 41 percent from the field. We're going to attack the buyout market and try to get guys.
Gasol, meanwhile, could be in the Raptors' lineup Saturday in NY pending a team physical.
Washington is 22-31 on the season, 3 1/2 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.