Gasol also has a $25.6 million player option for next season.
The Toronto Raptors will get a boost to their lineup, as they welcome back Jonas Valanciunas tonight in Atlanta. "He understands the nature of this business and how it can impact everyone from All-Star caliber players on down".
The deal is interesting as it provides not only depth across the roster but also provides the Grizzlies a solid guard in Wright who could even see additional minutes if Conley is dealt. In his 11 seasons with Memphis, Gasol became the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made.
If Conley changes his mind, Utah might not be the worst landing spot, as playing alongside a young talent like Donovan Mitchell could allow him to play off the ball more and give in to his recent scoring ways, allowing him to flourish for a team with playoff aspirations.
Instead, they just matched the 22 wins from last season on Tuesday in a game Gasol left the arena early after being benched without explanation.
"I think that there's a lot of positives with a guy like Gasol, and I think majority come with being battle-tested", Nurse said.
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Valanciunas had been expected to return to the court Thursday after missing 25 games with an injured thumb.
Zeller, at 26, would be a relatively young center replacement in Memphis. Bickerstaff said no one will replace what Gasol meant to the Grizzlies, Memphis or the fans.
"We added a player that's very savvy, in the playoffs you need experience, going forward you need a really strong basketball mind, toughness, you need size, you need shooting from outside, basketball IQ. he combines it all", Ujiri said.
And he did. It's Ujiri's biggest trade-deadline deal since returning to the team in 2013. MarShon Brooks finally was traded away January 3 along with Wayne Selden Jr.to Chicago.
The first of the two deals, both reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski will bring Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley to town in exchange for JaMychal Green and Garrett Temple.
Now Pera has to decide if he wants to rebuild around Conley and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., or simply try to get a better offer this summer.