Raptors (Gasol), Bucks (Mirotic) beef up their frontcourts at NBA trade deadline

John Tomase
February 07, 2019 - 2:35 pm

No one said winning the East would be easy.

One day after the 76ers bolstered their lineup be acquiring Clippers forward Tobias Harris, the top-seeded Bucks and second-seeded Raptors followed suit with impact acquisitions of their own just ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks acquired 6-foot-10 sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans for Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson, whom they had acquired on Wednesday from the Pistons. Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 points per game, both career highs. He's also shooting .368 on 3-pointers, which should fit right in on a Bucks team that ranks second in the NBA with over 13 3-pointers per game.

Meanwhile, the Raptors beefed up their frontcourt by agreeing to a deal with the Grizzlies for All-Star center Marc Gasol. Again per Wojarnowski, the Raptors will send Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles and a 2024 second-round pick in exchange.

The 7-foot-1 Gasol is a three-time All-Star who has spent his entire 11-year career in Memphis. He's averaging 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and will add playoff experience to a Raptors team that has gone 19-12 since a 20-4 start.

With the deadline fast approaching, the Celtics seem content to stand pat once again, perhaps waiting to dip their toes into the buyout market.