NBA Trade Deadline: Raptors reportedly showing interest in Conley and Gasol

While the Grizzlies seem to be in a stalemate with Utah and Detroit regarding a potential trade for Mike Conley, the below tweet was sent out by Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated on Tuesday afternoon.

At face value, this trade does not achieve any of the goals that the Grizzlies front office should be pursuing in a transaction for their two franchise cornerstones — which should be a) acquire draft picks b) acquire young talent.

In an article on SI.com, Fischer goes into more depth on the trade proposal and outlines that Memphis has no intent on accepting the initial offer.

Memphis, sources said, would prefer to receive younger players such as OG Anunoby or draft assets in any exchange with Toronto that would send Conley north. The Grizzlies of course rejected Toronto’s initial offer.

Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry is making $31.2mm this year and nearly $33.3 next season. He is averaging 14.1 points and 9.2 assists per game. Lowry is 32 years old and was an All-Star in the previous 4 seasons for the Raptors.

Jonas Valanciunas — a 7 foot center averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game — is making $16.5mm this season and has a player option this summer for $17.6mm.


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