Nikola Mirotic To Milwaukee ; Gasol To Toronto - Eastern Conference Contenders Make Big Moves On Trade Deadline Day

SportsBlenderNBA Thu, 7 Feb 2019
Nikola Mirotic

The two best teams in the Eastern Conference got even better after two huge trades were confirmed on Thursday. The Raptors were able to trade for Marc Gasol just hours after the Bucks received Nikola Mirotic

The trades are coming in fast as the NBA trade window is coming to a close. With just under 12 hours left, the Raptors and Grizzlies agreed to one of the biggest trades of the season. The Raptors were able to acquire the 14 year vet, adding him to an already capable roster in Toronto. Gasol is averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assist per game this season, and will offer the Raptors a focus point to run their half court offense through.The Raptors are trading away a center for a center, moving out Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas has struggled with a hand injury, keeping him out of all but 23 games this season. The details of the trade are listed below.

Raptors receive :

Marc Gasol (Center)


Grizzlies receive :

Jonas Valanciunas (Center)

Delon Wright (Guard)

CJ Miles (Guard/Forward)


Marc Gasol moving to Toronto was not the only big trade in the Eastern Conference on Thursday. The east leaders Milwaukee Bucks also made a huge move, adding versatile forward Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic comes into this Bucks squad averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Mirotic is out injured with a calf strain, but could return as soon as this weekend.


Bucks receive :

Nikola Mirotic (Forward)


Pelicans receive :

Jason Smith (Guard)

Stanley Johnson (Forward)

Future Second-round pick x 4

Read more about Nikola Mirotic here