Grizz thank Gasol for 11 years, intend to retire #33

Grizz thank Gasol for 11 years, intend to retire #33
Marc Gasol runs onto the court ahead of open practice. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

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.

“Marc has been a dedicated teammate, star player and pillar of this team for the past 11 seasons. He plays with a heart and a passion for the game that helped carry this franchise to seven straight playoff appearances, but what Marc has done for this organization is about more than just basketball. He was a part of a core group of players that helped shape the identity of this franchise on and off the court and were embraced by the City of Memphis. On behalf of the Grizzlies organization, I would like to thank him for his blood, sweat and dedication to the Grizzlies and Memphis. The impact he has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his #33 jersey will hang in the rafters of FedExForum next to Zach and Tony.”
Robert Pera

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:

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