Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
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Marc Gasol has officially joined the Toronto Raptors

Marc Gasol has officially joined the Toronto Raptors

Marc Gasol will be making his debut with the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night against the New York Knicks, and a deep postseason run with his new club is breathing new life into the 34-year-old center.

The Raptors went into Madison Square Garden and handed the Knicks a 104-99 defeat, which dropped NY to a league-worst 10-45 overall on the season. The Grizzlies had multiple moves to process, all four players involved in the Gasol deal needed to pass physicals and Jonas Valanciunas had global paperwork to be sorted out.

"But at the end of the day, it's about reads and reactions and understanding where you're going to get the ball and what kind of shot you're going to get", Gasol said.

Gasol was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J Miles, and a 2024 second-round draft pick before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Gasol posted averages of 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals in 53 games for the Grizzlies this season. Having the extra fan support may help him elevate his play this season, too.

The Knicks have cap room for two max players this July. "That's what you want from an organization that you're playing for".

Scariolo will definitely play a big role in Gasol's transitional period with so little practice dates left and 25 games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs start.

Following their matchup with the Knicks, Toronto will be back in action Monday at home against the Brooklyn Nets.

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