Raptors 'hopeful' Marc Gasol will play Saturday

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Marc Gasol made his Toronto Raptors debut on Saturday night after spending his entire career with the Memphis Grizzlies.

"It's more about easing him in", Nurse said. The veteran is with the team and was a shootaround on Saturday morning. The Toronto Raptors star was putting up 27.9 points per game on 50.3 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from deep through his first 38 games of the season, but he has regressed in his last four, putting up only 17.3 points per contest on 34.5 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from long-range. ESPN reported Monday afternoon that sharpshooter Jeremy Lin was en route to Toronto. "It felt like there were thousands [of Raptors fans] up there".

"That's what you want from an organization that you're playing for".

Gasol appreciates Toronto's Spanish connection.

Calderon, who played the first seven-and-a-half seasons of his National Basketball Association career with the Raptors, now plays for the Detroit Pistons.

That 2012 roster also contained a man by the name of Serge Ibaka, who now plays for the Raptors and was coached by Sergio Scariolo, an assistant coach in Toronto.

"I gave it my all (in Memphis)", Gasol states.

Gasol's blue-collar work ethic made him one of the Grizzlies' most popular players.

The Gasols never played together in Memphis.

Marc Gasol meets up with Nick Nurse following his trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.

So, while being traded might have been a tough adjustment earlier in his career, Gasol sounds like he was ready to make this move. "You're older. You're more mature", he said. "Memphis fans - we get some fans in the stands - but not as many as you guys, or "us" now".

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

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