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09 February, 2019, 00:38 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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The team plans to aggressively pursue options who have been, or will be, made available in the buyout market, the Raptors president said during his post-deadline press conference.

It was, at a stroke, a trade that signalled a couple of things: that the Raptors are in win-now mode as much as they have ever been, but also that Ujiri and company aren't so desperate to load up for this coming playoff run that they were willing to part with assets that they know they need to keep if things don't work out as they hope over the next four months or so. He's averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals a game, and his 4.7 assists a night is second best in the league behind Jokic.

After Thursday night's game, in which an undermanned Raptors squad eventually overcame a young Hawks team, Nurse said he was excited to see what Gasol would mean to his roster.

In a separate deal, the Raptors also sent veteran forward Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations.

"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. 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.


Toronto is under added pressure with a chance to convince Leonard to remain in town when he becomes a free agent in the offseason. Are the Raptors taking a big risk and will it be worth it? I was really looking forward to this day and there you go.

"I said to him today 'No more trips to Lithuania, ' he says, 'Come on man, you can still come, '" Nurse said. He has missed Toronto's last 25 games. "I miss him already".

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.

"Jonas was a baby with us, grew up with us", Ujiri said. The Raptors have just 10 players under National Basketball Association contracts, and they must be at 14 within the next two weeks.

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