Raptors have two Defensive Players of the Year after adding Marc Gasol

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The team values him as a mentor for rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., and Conley was not eager to be dealt, a separate ESPN report added.

Memphis chose to hold onto franchise point guard Mike Conley - he was also informed last month a trade was possible - as the Raptors made another bold move created to keep Toronto on the heels of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.

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With the Raps shipping out four regulars - including Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and Greg Monroe - in the span of a couple hours and Kawhi Leonard sitting out, the team trotted out a lineup against the Hawks on Thursday consisting of only nine active players. He is averaging 6.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game this season.

Another wild National Basketball Association trade deadline came and went on Thursday afternoon, with the Raptors acquiring star centre Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies and bidding farewell to four regulars in the process. Ever since the Grizzlies made it clear they were (actually) listening to offers about their two cornerstone players, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, rumors came in from every direction about where the two might end up. Wright is a nice wing to add, and extra picks are never bad, but a second-rounder from the Raptors isn't exactly that exciting.

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Gasol is averaging 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds this season. The 34-year-old big man has a player option for next season which comes with a cap hit of more than $25.59 million, per Spotrac.

Valanciunas, Miles and Wright can enter free agency next season.

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