MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Friday morning, the Memphis Grizzlies made official what was already known to the public: Marc Gasol is a Toronto Raptor.
Gasol was dealt before Thursday’s deadline in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, and a future second-round pick.
Team owner Robert Pera released the following statement on Friday morning, thanking Gasol for his 11 seasons with the team.
Pera noted the franchise’s intent to retire Gasol’s number. The team previously said Zach Randolph and Tony Allen would also have their jerseys retired when they left Memphis.
Those three, along with point guard Mike Conley, represented the “core four” that made seven straight playoff appearances.
He will leave the franchise as their all-time leader in points, minutes played, rebounds, and blocks.
The loss has hit Grizzlies fans hard, as the team intends to build their team around last year’s first round pick, Jaren Jackson, Jr.
Meanwhile, Gasol’s new team is welcoming him with open arms: