Despite being shipped off to the Toronto Raptors on deadline day, three-time All-Star big man Marc Gasol remains to be one of the prominent figures of the Memphis Grizzlies organization.
According to team owner Robert Pera, the Grizzlies intend to retire Gasol’s No. 33 jersey once the 34-year-old calls it a career.
"The impact @MarcGasol has had on this team and the city will live on, and we look forward to one day welcoming him back home to Memphis where his #33 jersey will hang in the rafters of FedExForum next to Zach and Tony.” -Owner Robert Pera
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— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 8, 2019
This is a very classy statement from the Grizzlies organization, and based on the ovation he received in his last appearance in the FedExForum as a Grizzly, the Memphis faithful also hold the veteran big in very high regard.
Gasol came into the league in 2007 as the 48th draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers. He never dawned the purple and gold though, as he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies (in a deal that involved his brother, Pau Gasol, making the move to L.A.) prior to making his NBA debut.
The Spaniard would spend the next eleven seasons of his career in Memphis while bagging a few personal accolades along the way. Aside from being named to the All-Star team on three separate occasions, Gasol also won the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and was a two-time All-NBA center, to name a few.
Just yesterday, the rebuilding Grizzlies moved Gasol to the Raptors in exchange for C.J. Miles, Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, and a future second-round pick. The arrival of Gasol in Toronto further establishes the team’s contender status, as he forms a new (semi) Big 3 with Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.