Even if he doesn't maintain that number for the rest of the season - going from Mike Conley to Lowry and Leonard will likely take away some of his touches he's gotten used to in Memphis - Gasol gives the Raptors another playmaker who can keep the offence moving.
The Raptors did not want to be left behind and they stepped up in a big way.
"Utah was making some progress in acquiring him, and I think that would have been a tremendous deal for Utah", Windhorst said. They have shown interest in Conley and if they want to make the playoffs this would be a good move to do so. However, those discussions were for a big move involving Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, and Mike Conley.
It does sound like Utah may have already known about Conley's preference to go to the East.
"No, I haven't heard anything", Lowry said. He's under contract until the end of next season, earning $25.6 million. "If Utah and Memphis came to terms, Conley would have to go ..."
Lowe had previously reported that the Pacers made sense as a team to pursue Conley but the buzz was that IN has stepped away from Conley talks. Conley, 31, is an Indianapolis native and supposedly would welcome a trade to his hometown team.
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Jones reported that Pacers offered one young player and one veteran but the Memphis counter off was far too high.
The Grizzlies have made both Conley and center Marc Gasol available. Four more players from that 13-man roster are also now all former Raptors: Wright, Jakob Poeltl, Lorenzo Brown and Bebe Nogueira.
On the season, Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 33.7 minutes per game.
The person spoke Thursday to the AP on condition of anonymity because the National Basketball Association has not held the trade call.
Watch the full video of Windhorst and The Jump crew below.