Though this may be the first time, since 2001, that a player by the name of Gasol has not played for the Memphis Grizzlies, it can be the opportunity for another Gasol brother to win an NBA World Championship.
"On behalf of the Grizzlies organization, I would like to thank him for his blood, sweat and dedication to the Grizzlies and Memphis".
The Memphis Grizzlies have signaled the end of an era, agreeing to trade franchise cornerstone Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors ahead of Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline. He has thrived for years in Memphis playing with Mike Conley, who is a star point guard in his own right.
"I've been in rumours so many times I don't even look at it", Valanciunas said. "I love Toronto and I want to stay here". He has played the most minutes in Grizzlies history, is first in points scored, first in rebounds, first in blocks and first in free-throws made.
Gasol is the best player in Memphis franchise history. Miles, 31, has been a disappointment, scoring just 5.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.
In 53 games, Conley has averaged 20.4 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and 6.4 assists per game - all in the top-three for his career.
Valanciunas is in a similar spot with his contract and has a player option for next year that's just north of $17.6 million.