Wright is a solid young guard who has the potential to be the point guard of the future in Memphis.
The NBA trade deadline has become a spectacle in recent years, and Thursday's deadline is sure to be no different. He is the Grizzlies' franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks and field goals made. Though he's now in the twilight of his career, the three-time All-Star is having a nice season in Memphis, averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Conley is third at 12 seasons. The Lithuanian center is now matching his career high of 12.8 points per game with 7.2 rebounds despite averaging just under 19 minutes per contest.
Even though Gasol is not the same defensive player he once was, this is a fascinating gamble for the Raptors, who are clearly all-in on winning the Eastern Conference. He had surgery after suffering a dislocated left thumb on December 12 and has not played since. Prior to the trade, the Raptors had expected the center to return against Atlanta on Thursday night, with the team tweeting out a picture of Valanciunas with a quote from him saying, "I'm back".
Valanciunas, 26, was drafted by the Raptors in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2011 National Basketball Association entry draft and is in his seventh season with the team. It'll be interesting to see how this team adjusts their roster for the rest of this season as they're bringing in two additional players in this trade.
Miles, also a free agent in 2020, is averaging 5.5 points with a.314 shooting percentage from 3-point range. They also lose Wright and Miles, the former a talented guy who does all the little things right but struggled to find a defined role on a deep team, and the latter a mercenary shooter who has unfortunately struggled this season to shoot.