Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol will miss a period of weeks with a left hamstring injury, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 19, 2019
This is vague, but “weeks” is not a short period of time.
The Raptors definitely lose versatility without Gasol. He’s their only big center. Toronto can still be effective with smaller lineups featuring Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. But there will be matchups where the Raptors will particularly miss Gasol.
At age 34, Gasol has shown signs of decline this season. The injury isn’t ideal, but Gasol getting a break from the wear and tear of NBA games could be a blessing in disguise — if he takes his time getting fully healthy before returning.