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Memphis discussed deals with multiple teams, but ultimately made a decision to hold on to their franchise point guard.

On the season, Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 33.7 minutes per game. The Lithuanian big man heads to Memphis averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds on the season.

It's a power move for a Toronto team looking to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference.

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The Utah Jazz haven't been involved in a trade yet - at least not one that's gone public - but former Beehive State players Delon Wright and C.J. Miles will reportedly have new National Basketball Association homes. Gasol, while at 34 is eight years older than the big Lithuanian, is a three-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, and a former Defensive Player of the Year. The amount of his bonus (if not waived) will be applied to his $24.1 million salary. The Hornets were also interested in Gasol.

Center Jonas Valanciunas had missed nearly two months with a dislocated thumb, and he was due to return for the Raptors' road game against the Hawks on Thursday. Prior to the trade, Valanciunas was expected to return to the Raptors' lineup against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night. The Lithuanian center is now matching his career high of 12.8 points per game with 7.2 rebounds despite averaging just under 19 minutes per contest.

That'll become in handy when he's on the floor with the second unit that has struggled with consistency this season.

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According to NBA.com, Gasol is generating 3.4 points per game in the post this season - roughly a quarter of his scoring - putting him behind 10 players for most in the league.

"I have a buyer's mentality", he said, adding that he'd be more than willing to enter the luxury tax to add a star player.

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