Marc Gasol's No. 33 jersey will be retired by the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, team owner Robert Pera said Friday, a day after trading the Spanish center to the Toronto Raptors. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
The Grizzlies traded Gasol, 34, on Thursday at the National Basketball Association trade deadline with the center holding a $25 million option he can exercise this summer.
Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists in 53 games this season.
With an hour to go before the National Basketball Association trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors have pulled the trigger on a major trade according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. InsideHoops.com exclusively spoke with three-time NBA All-Defensive team member Serge Ibaka and one-time NBA All-Defensive team member Danny Green about adding Gasol after the Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 119-101 at State Farm Arena last night.
Marc Gasol will forever be connected to the city of Memphis. While Gasol and Conley were both hot-button topics over recent days, many believed the veteran center would be heading to the Charlotte Hornets.
The trade comes after a flurry of activity in the Eastern Conference that saw several potential playoff opponents of the Raptors make moves to bolster their squads. After a bit of a slow start to the day, we've got our first really big trade of the day.
The NBA's trade deadline is at 3 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned.