"Once Masai called and I talked to some of the guys in (the locker room), everybody said the same thing about making a run to the title, and that gets your juices going and makes you real excited", Gasol told reporters ahead of his Raptors debut on Saturday, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. The three-time All-Star entered late in the first quarter and made a hook shot on his first try.
Green and Norman Powell each had 14 points for the Raptors, who have won their last three games, all on the road. After Jordan missed a pair of free throws, Green drained three 3-pointers during a 9-4 run - interrupted only by a pair of free throws and a layup from Allen - to give Toronto a 97-90 lead with 3:28 left. He scored 11 points, shooting 4-for-15 in 32 minutes.
The Spaniard played his entire National Basketball Association career to date with the Grizzlies and is the franchise's all-time leader in points, blocks, and minutes played.
Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and definitely a target of the rebuilding Knicks when the signing period opens up July 1.
The Raptors star stonewalled questions about free agency following Saturday's 104-99 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, refusing to discuss anything but the win.
Leonard has a local tie - his uncle is from South Orange, N.J., where he spent part of last season holed up, seeing doctors when he still played for San Antonio. "Just talk to people, see what I want to do".
Leonard spent some time in the NY area previous year away from the Spurs while rehabbing. "That's the only way I know how to play - dedicating yourself to the game, to the city, to the fans".
Gasol is no stranger to the postseason, appearing in 59 playoff games with the Grizzlies.