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Report: Marc Gasol to make Toronto Raptors debut against the New York Knicks

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Marc Gasol will make his debut with the Toronto Raptors on Saturday when the team takes on the New York Knicks, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

The Raptors acquired Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of Thursday's trade deadline for Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright and a 2024 second-round pick.

In 53 games with the Grizzlies this season, Gasol averaged 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per contest on 44.4 percent shooting from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range.

His last game in a Grizzlies uniform was against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Gasol finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the 96-84 win.

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While not the player he once was, Gasol should fit in well with the Raptors as a shooter, post scorer, passer and defender. He's long been one of the most well-rounded big men in the NBA and he's extended his range out to the perimeter in recent years, with Brook Lopez being the only centre who has made more 3-pointers than him since the start of the 2016-17 season.

Gasol told reporters before Saturday's game that having an opportunity to compete for a title "gets the juices flowing."

For more on how Gasol fits in with his new team, click here.

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