Marc Gasol returning to Raptors next season
Key piece of championship squad was acquired from Memphis in February
Toronto Raptors centre Marc Gasol has accepted a one-year player option on his contract for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Had the 34-year-old native of Spain not accepted prior to Thursday's deadline, he would have become a free agent on Sunday.
Raptors star Kawhi Leonard also has a one-year player option on his deal with a deadline for a decision on Saturday, but he is expected to turn it down and become a marquee free agent on Sunday after leading Toronto to its first NBA title this year.
Guard Danny Green is the other Raptors regular slated to become a free agent.
The Raptors acquired Gasol in a deal with the Grizzlies in February.