'We're here to win,' Marc Gasol says after move to Toronto Raptors

Right down the centre Masai Ujiri strikes a balance with Gasol acquisition

Right down the centre Masai Ujiri strikes a balance with Gasol acquisition

VanVleet has a partially torn ligament in the thumb and will wear a splint for approximately three weeks before it is reevaluated.

They are planning to sign veteran guard Jeremy Lin after he completes his buyout negotiations with the Atlanta Hawks. He was excited about his home debut. "Really fun, really impressive, right?" said Raptors coach Nick Nurse. "The amount of energy that you feel around the city is great".

Gasol appreciates Toronto's Spanish connection. He played alongside both Serge Ibaka, and former Raptors guard Jose Calderon, who still owns a house in the city, for Spain.

"I'm used to starting, obviously, for the last probably 10 years (Gasol has started 762 of 771 career appearances), but we'll see how it goes", Gasol said. Gasol moved as a teenager to Germantown, Tennessee, a suburb of Memphis, shortly after his brother Pau was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies.

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Now an National Basketball Association veteran, the Asian-American first made headlines when he burst onto the scene in 2011-12 with the New York Knicks, inspiring a global craze known as 'Linsanity.' The craze was so significant that when he hit a game-winning shot against the Raptors in 2012, it drew a huge cheer - in Toronto. Gasol was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. The three-time All-Star was a stalwart of Memphis' "Grit and Grind" era that saw the club make seven straight playoff appearances, including the Western Conference final in the 2012-13 season. "You put things into perspective".

"You look at the team and the way the franchise is set up and everybody around it, you understand what they're going for".

Gasol's wife works in Memphis, and so will move to Toronto in about a month with their two kids, aged two and four.

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