Report: Grizzlies testing waters for potential Rudy Gay trade

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Report: Grizzlies testing waters for potential Rudy Gay trade
 

 



Memphis is one of those “maybe if everything goes right” contenders. They are not as talented as Oklahoma City or the Los Angeles Clippers, but they have a dominating front line with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. In the last couple weeks their elite defense has taken a step back, their already unimpressive offense has done the same, and they haven’t looked like much of a threat. But you look at that front line as a playoff matchup and you always think they have a puncher’s chance.

That may not be enough for the Grizzlies new ownership, which still runs a small market team over the luxury tax line.

They are putting out feelers to see what a Rudy Gay trade could bring, reports Zach Lowe at Grantland.

All of this explains why Memphis, over the last few weeks, has made it known in preliminary talks with other teams that Rudy Gay could be available via trade, according to sources around the league. Memphis also has a brand-new ownership and a revamped front office; John Hollinger and Jason Levien are in, longtime personnel gurus the Barones are out, and Chris Wallace’s current level of power as holdover GM is unclear. They can also cite their exciting 2011 playoff run without Gay, though that run involved a superhuman performance from Zach Randolph, a very good matchup in San Antonio, and a much deeper wing core with actual shooters.

You should go read the entire article. Lowe goes on to look at what teams might be interested in Gay. Minnesota makes sense if Gay is willing to play more off the ball and get passes from Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. The Milwaukee Bucks are in the mix. Lowe lists the Boston Celtics, but good luck getting anyone to take on Jeff Green’s contract. The Rockets are open to just about anything. Toronto was interested in Gay in the past. There are options.

I don’t think it happens during the season for a couple reasons. First is the fact Gay is owed $37 million for the two seasons after this one. We have seen proven lately that no contract is unmovable (hello Gilbert Arenas and Joe Johnson) but that size deal makes it much harder, especially with teams afraid of the repeater tax and stiffer luxury tax penalties that kick in starting next summer. These larger, complex deals tend to be summer trades.

Second, if Memphis is serious about trying to make a playoff run they need him. When the Grizzlies roll out a lineup of Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Gay, Randolph and Gasol they are besting opponents by 12.8 points per 48 minutes. That is their bread and butter lineup, they have it on the floor three times more than any other single lineup. There have been some limited lineups that have had success (and they would be getting some talent back in any trade, someone like Andrei Kirilenko could step right into major minutes) but they are trading away a key piece if they want to take their shot at a ring, slim though it might be.

It’s something to watch, and how it plays out gives you a sense of how the new ownership and management view this roster and what they plan to do going forward.

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 5 years ago '04        #2
j2p4yall 1 heat pts
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Aye Mitch...........................Get This sh*t Done.
 5 years ago '11        #3
MakeItHappen456 42 heat pts42
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why ? I thought rudy gay was working out well for them
 5 years ago '11        #4
does any 1 care 20 heat pts20
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I thought Rudy was their best player
 5 years ago '04        #5
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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 j2p4yall said:
Aye Mitch...........................Get This sh*t Done.
Ill save yall the trouble

Rudy gay and darrell arthur for jamison blake and ebanks

Get it done mitch
 5 years ago '07        #6
Chief|m 57 heat pts57
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amar'e for rudy move rudy to the 3

get it done grunwald
 5 years ago '04        #7
matelyan 21 heat pts21
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 j2p4yall said:
Aye Mitch...........................Get This sh*t Done.
Pau for Gay?
 5 years ago '10        #8
Blkboipurp 
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Dam...so much for him being better than Carmelo....
 5 years ago '08        #9
GrownmanJ 21 heat pts21
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Pau for Gay and Tony allen
 01-04-2013, 02:29 PM         #10
k3llz 
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Pau for Gay and Tony allen
in a heartbeat. they can take Blake and about 4 other players if they want em
 5 years ago '08        #11
AnyGiven 39 heat pts39
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Get it done Erni...... nevermind
 5 years ago '12        #12
GucciBoy347 39 heat pts39
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Ebanks , Blake , Duhon , and Jamison for Gay and Allen


GET IT DONE MITCH
 5 years ago '09        #13
That Guy Fly 21 heat pts21
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Rudy and a mix of players/draft picks maybe even cash to Toronto for Terence Ross, Bargnani and draft picks. I would have said Derozan but not sure the Raptors would give him up
 5 years ago '10        #14
SmoothTay 23 heat pts23
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 Blkboipurp said:
Dam...so much for him being better than Carmelo....
Anybody that ever really thought that needs their head checked out.
 5 years ago '10        #15
Blkboipurp 
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 SmoothTay said:
Anybody that ever really thought that needs their head checked out.
Tell that to some Memphis fans and the dude in in4amous sig
 5 years ago '05        #16
Rubix 
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 Fly 2ndComing said:
Rudy and a mix of players/draft picks maybe even cash to Toronto for Terence Ross, Bargnani and draft picks. I would have said Derozan but not sure the Raptors would give him up
Bargnani + derozan for Rudy + filler like haddadi would be primo. No bueno on the draft picks tho. We get our much needed sf and they get their scoring Sg.
 5 years ago '09        #17
Tiko377 1914 heat pts1914
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I like him he's like the only one on there team that can create his own shot
 5 years ago '12        #18
CosbySweater 302 heat pts302
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Get on the phone Mitch
 5 years ago '09        #19
Tiko377 1914 heat pts1914
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Riley let's get him for 7th man

Mike Miller,Sixers first round pick, Batter for Gay
 5 years ago '08        #20
904Nole 1 heat pts
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 GrownmanJ said:
Pau for Gay and Tony allen
Why would they do that when they have Z-Bo already
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