BY MIKE CEIDE, WREG
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the first time since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis back in 2001, there won’t be a Gasol on the Grizzlies roster. Mike Conley is now all that’s left of the Core Four.
Thursday, as expected, the Grizzlies traded their longtime and standout center to the Toronto Raptors for three players and a future draft pick.
Their return: a couple of 26-year-olds in center Jonas Valancuinas and guard Delon Wright, along with CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round pick.
This is Gasol’s 11th season in the NBA, all in the Beale Street blue, and not only does he leave as a franchise and city icon, he’s pretty much the most decorated player in Grizzlies history, leaving as the team’s all-time leader in points and rebounds.