Amid other reports suggesting the Grizzlies are poised to ship Gasol to the Hornets, the Spanish center didn't play for Memphis as they hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Raptors are hopeful the addition of Gasol, a three-time All-Star who's averaging 18 points and eight rebounds, will give them even more firepower heading into the playoffs.
"Utah was making some progress in acquiring him, and I think that would have been a tremendous deal for Utah", Windhorst said.
A potential twist in the Conely sweepstakes came Wednesday afternoon when Brian Windhorst reported that Conley's agent said his cleint "doesn't want to play in Utah" and that he "prefers the Eastern Conference". However, those discussions were for a huge move involving Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, and Mike Conley.
Per Marc Stein, the Grizzlies want multiple first-round picks for Conley - similar to what the Knicks received last week for Kristaps Porzingis and what the Clippers received on Wednesday for Tobias Harris.
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"Have heard the same as Windy: There is reluctance on Conley's part to go to Utah". "Conley is owed $66 million over the next two seasons".
Stein adds that "Detroit and Utah are deeply interested" in Conley, "but are yet to meet Memphis' asking price". Sam Amick from The Athletic indicates that IN has add itself into the picture, too. Conley, 31, is an Indianapolis native and supposedly would welcome a trade to his hometown team.
The Grizzlies have made both Conley and center Marc Gasol available. Yet, given how Valanciunas' name was commonly popping up in trade rumors, the Raptors had to know the tweet had a chance of backfiring at the deadline. In 53 appearances this season, he's averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.1 steals while shooting 34.4 percent on 4.2 3-point attempts per game.
Watch the full video of Windhorst and The Jump crew below.