New Toronto Raptors acquisition Marc Gasol is hoping to make his debut in a different uniform for the first time in his 11-year career against the New York Knicks on Saturday, according to Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun.
Gasol naturally missed Thursday’s game, as the trade with the Memphis Grizzlies was being processed by the league, giving him no time to fly out, pass his physical and land with his new team.
The 7-foot-1 big dipper arrived in Toronto quickly last night, getting acquainted with his new team, getting his uniform and ready to suit up for his new team.
Raptors to wear No. 33: Antonio Davis, Jamario Moon, Carlos Rogers, Gary Trent, Michael Bradley (not TFC’s captain), Brad Lohaus (apparently), Not Alonzo Mourning pic.twitter.com/w04gNgYhHS
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) February 8, 2019
The Raptors managed to peel off the Atlanta Hawks, cruising to a 119-101 win, likely headed for a rousing debut with Gasol in the lineup against the Knicks, who hold the worst record in the league.
The big man shared a video of Freddie Mercury of the band Queen during the last few hours of the trade deadline, demonstrating his anticipation.
The Charlotte Hornets were considered the frontrunners to get Marc Gasol in a deal, given that the protection on a first-round draft pick was the only bar left from prying in a potential deal.
The Raptors refused to give up valuable assets like Pascal Siakam or OG Anunoby in a trade, ultimately settling to package Delon Wright in a deal to acquire the 34-year-old Spaniard.