Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Latest Mike Conley Trade Rumors: Pistons Reportedly Offer First-Round Pick

Latest Mike Conley Trade Rumors: Pistons Reportedly Offer First-Round Pick

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. They dealt pending unrestricted free agent Reggie Bullock to the Lakers Tuesday night and shipped Stanley Johnson to the Bucks Wednesday morning, but owner Tom Gores made it clear last week he wants the team to make a playoff push.

The Raptors are now second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-16, while the Grizzlies rank among the worst in the league at 22-23. "I've never asked for a trade". 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.

Gasol, though not the the player he once was, should nevertheless prove an upgrade for the Raptors at center. Gasol, while at 34 is eight years older than the big Lithuanian, is a three-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA, and a former Defensive Player of the Year. Whether he can still reach the heights of peak Gasol, a player the Raptors had eyes on over the years according to intermittent reports, is of more debate.

It is a power move for Toronto, as it looks to improve its roster as it vies with Philadelphia and Milwaukee, among others, in the Eastern Conference. There have even been some speculations that a three-team trade could go down with Lowry heading to Utah and Conley going to the Raptors. "I love Toronto and I want to stay here". Memphis can trade him anywhere it pleases, and surely the organization will take the best offer on the table regardless of Conley's preferences.

The Raptors are doing all they can to get to the NBA Finals this season, but you already knew that.

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