Gasol, 34, is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 4.7 assists (which ranks second among National Basketball Association centers, trailing only Nikola Jokic's 7.7).
Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies is introduced before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 12, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. They make moves, and they make moves for the best of the organization. Valanciunas hadn't played December 12 due to thumb surgery and would have been redundant with the addition of Gasol.
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.
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The move is Raptors president Masai Ujiri's biggest trade-deadline deal since returning to the team in 2013. They reportedly want multiple draft picks plus young assets or expiring contracts in exchange for him.
The Grizzlies came into this season insisting they could be a playoff team. 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. "I just know one thing, we have a good team, we have a good future in front of us".
SInce Dec.14, the Raptors are 16-9 without Valaciunas in the lineup and are second in the Eastern Conference.
Wright, 26, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 49 games this season.
In his fourth season, Johnson is averaging 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds.