Considering he is on a better, more well-rounded team now, it is possible we will see Gasol's overall production take a dip, though he will undoubtedly be a vital part of the Raptors for the remainder of the season. The Raptors are sending Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round pick to Memphis in exchange.
The 34-year-old Polish veteran was in his first season with the Clippers, playing an average of 16 minutes.
Instead, the point guard whose 771 games played is a franchise-high - just ahead of Gasol's 769 - prepared to play in Oklahoma City on Thursday night with a handful of new teammates joining him soon after other moves Thursday by the Grizzlies. Gasol has been open about how he would react to a potential trade.
The Grizzlies came into this season insisting they could be a playoff team.
Valanciunas, 26, has missed Toronto's last 25 games with a thumb injury, but was scheduled to return to the lineup tonight in Atlanta. The Lithuanian big man heads to Memphis averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season. With that possibility now out the window for the time being, they've fallen back down to +4000, which is even worse than they were before. "Mike is one heck of a player, and we're going to need good players moving forward".
They also lose Wright and Miles, the former a talented guy who does all the little things right but struggled to find a defined role on a deep team, and the latter a mercenary shooter who has unfortunately struggled this season to shoot.