Posted January 29, 2013

Report: Rudy Gay trade talks heat up between Grizzles and Raptors

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The Grizzlies are still exploring a trade of Rudy Gay and are engaging in active discussions with the Raptors and Celtics. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The Grizzlies are still exploring a trade of Rudy Gay and are engaging in active discussions with the Raptors and Celtics. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors are in “active trade discussions” about forward Rudy Gay, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Monday.

The Grizzlies are insisting that they no longer feel any overwhelming need to trade Gay after their trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers last week got them under the luxury-tax threshold. But the Raptors and Celtics, among other teams,  remain interested in swinging a deal before the trade deadline on Feb. 21.

From Stein’s report:

But sources say that the Raptors, undaunted by that stance, continue to pursue Gay and also covet Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur. Toronto, sources said, has made veteran point guard Jose Calderon and blossoming young forward Ed Davis available as the two cornerstones of its offer.

The Boston Celtics, sources say, are another team that has registered exploratory interest in Gay. But making a trade for Gay would require Boston to part with Paul Pierce – a step that Celtics management may not be ready to take, especially since Gay has two years left on his contract valued at more than $35 million.

Stein reported that Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins prefers to play out the season without trading Gay now that the team is under the luxury-tax threshold. The Grizzlies currently sit fourth in the Western Conference. Under Hollins, the Grizzlies have made the playoffs two seasons in a row, falling in the first round last year. The Raptors are 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Statistically, the 26-year-old Gay is in the midst of his worst season since his rookie campaign in 2006-07. He is averaging 17 points and 5.9 rebounds per game on 40.4 percent shooting from the floor.


8 comments
Allank
Allank

Damned stupid trade for grizzlies, theres nothing we want from raptors

jsteppling
jsteppling

WHy does memphis want to trade anyone in its core during a season where they are the fourth best team in the west....and a genuine contender? WHY?  Does trading gay make them better? No, and the team doesnt want it. Hollins doesnt want it. So why do it? Trade him after the season. You are likely to get a better deal anyway. Pierce is washed up....and toronto doesnt have anyone that makes sense of the Griz. They dont need a back up point guard. They dont need a back up four. And toronto doesnt really need a wing.......an expensive one at that. None of this article makes any sense the more I think about it. Gossip. Wont happen.

acfaubs
acfaubs

Seems something so stupid Colangelo would do it. Why we would want to overcrowd our wing rotation with another overpaid player, while giving away one of our most promising young bigs, is beyond me.

therednorth1
therednorth1

Calderon and Davis for Gay?  Wow, please don't go there Colangelo.  Actually, this means you'll probably go there.  Sigh.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Realistically Gay is entering his athletic prime. Zbo and Gasol play demanding frontcourt positions that age players quick (Zbo is already in his 30s). Trading him is pretty shortsighted and I could see the Grizzlies needing a dynamic wing player sooner than later...

correllc15
correllc15

This article claims that the "Grizzlies have made the playoffs two seasons in a row, falling in the first round each time." In 2011, the Grizzlies knocked off the number 1 Spurs in the first round. Get your facts right.

pikkolo
pikkolo

 @correllc15 No....it says "falling in the first round last year".....learn how to read !!

ajax723
ajax723

 @pikkolo  @correllc15 Before being condenscending, next time get to the dance early... the article initially stated "falling in the first round each time", I noticed  the same error. Apparently after he brought the misprint up they edited the article.