Gasol says high playoff hopes made move to Toronto easier

14 February, 2019, 04:55 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • 'We're here to win': Gasol says high post-season hopes made Toronto transition easier

Gasol is looking forward to starting a new chapter in Toronto and has heard good things about the city from fellow countryman and former Raptor Jose Calderon, who was one of the first people to reach out to Gasol following the trade. "The amount of energy that you feel around the city is great".

That 2012 roster also contained a man by the name of Serge Ibaka, who now plays for the Raptors and was coached by Sergio Scariolo, an assistant coach in Toronto. His brother Pau had been drafted by the Grizzlies in 2001, and the entire Gasol family made the move from Barcelona to the southern US city.

Marc Gasol will be making his debut with the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night against the New York Knicks, and a deep postseason run with his new club is breathing new life into the 34-year-old center.


Lin, 30, will need to clear waivers first, something that should be a foregone conclusion given he's set to make $12.5 million this season. Marc was drafted 48th overall by the Lakers in the 2007 draft, then traded to Memphis as part of a deal that sent brother Paul to L.A. But the Grizzlies advanced past the first round of the post-season just three times in the past decade, and didn't make the playoffs at all previous year.

The US-based sports network's website said Lin, a 30-year-old point guard best known for his "Lin-sanity" run of success with NY in 2012, could wind up with the Canadian club by mid-week. "Memphis fans - we get some fans in the stands - but not as many as you guys, or "us" now".

Gasol's wife works in Memphis, and so will move to Toronto in about a month with their two kids, aged two and four.

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