He was averaging 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game with Memphis and will make the 41-16 Raptors that much tougher.
Gasol was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, C.J Miles, and a 2024 second-round draft pick before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline. The three-time All-Star entered late in the first quarter and made a hook shot on his first try.
NY closed to 91-90 on a 3-pointer from rookie Kadeem Allen with 5 minutes left.
He has been linked with a move to the New York Knicks, the LA Clippers as well as the Los Angeles Lakers.
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.
Mario Hezonja's 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go pulled the Knicks within 102-99.
And when pressed, Leonard added: "I want to focus on this season". "Just talk to people, see what I want to do".
When pressed, Leonard backed away.
In other roster news, Kawhi Leonard is expected to play vs. the Knicks.
"They still come out and support the team even with a losing record", Leonard said, according to the Associated Press.
"Just playing the season right now".
"Jose was one of the first guys to reach out (and tell me) how much I'm going to love the organization and the city and he was very excited", Gasol told reporters on Saturday.
Of course, coach Nurse must also be very pleased about the production "Big Spain" will bring to the team.
Raptors: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.