Raptors head coach Nick Nurse was a fan of the trade, saying that Gasol will give the Raptors "a settling force" come playoff time. To help make room on the roster for their newest big man, the Raptors went on to trade Greg Monroe to the Brooklyn Nets for a 2021 second-round draft pick and cash considerations. Monroe went on to be waived by the Nets, this after averaging 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game in his lone season with Toronto.
The 34-year-old Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and a career-high 4.7 assists this season, with the latest statistic ranking second in the NBA among centers, only behind Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets. He leaves Memphis as the Grizzlies' all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, and field goals made. He had spent 11 seasons with the Grizzlies, which was tied with Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the fourth-longest tenure with one franchise. Conley is third on that list at 12 seasons, and that run will continue as the trade deadline came and went on Thursday.