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Report: Raptors want to make real run at Rudy Gay trade

Jan 9, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

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Memphis is shopping Rudy Gay around, seeing if they can find a deal they like — one that gets them under the luxury tax line and helps them start to reshape a roster they know as good but not a contender.

The Raptors want in on these talks, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com this week that the Raptors — who tried to make a play for Gay before the 2012 NBA Draft — remain seriously “interested” in the Grizzlies’ leading scorer and are trying to assemble trade packages to bring the 26-year-old to Toronto after preliminary talks with Memphis.

Among the trade chips that the Raptors are believed to be dangling, in addition to draft considerations, are veteran point guard Jose Calderon (who possesses an expiring contract worth $10.6 million) and young big man Ed Davis.

The Grizzlies will hear worse offers — Calderon is a solid backup guard and Ed Davis has stepped up and played well since Andrea Bargnani went down.

There are also reportedly talks with the Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings (the latter of which may include Zach Randolph).

But Memphis can also do better. The real question in what kind of deal Memphis would take is what kind of team they are trying to become — what is the big picture here. You can’t just throw pieces together and expect it to work (see the Lakers), you need to know what style of team you want to build then get role players that fit it.

In the end, this may be a move Memphis makes next summer. A thought Stein echoed.

Word is that the Grizzlies’ new regime is adamant that it won’t merely try to dump salary by dealing Gay in-season if it severely weakens their team in the process… Said another GM: “I think keeping Gay is still on the table for them, too.”

  1. nagidac - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Would hate to see Calderon go, but it’s a foregone conclusion at the point. I definitely don’t think that they should trade Davis. There’s no need to give up youth right now to get Gay. They are not a championship team. They are at most a 7th seed, and getting Gay isn’t going to take them deep into the playoffs. Keep Davis and try to rebuild with youth.

  2. nygdriveforfive - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Im not sure the Raps need another swingman on there roster. The rook Ross has earned his increased minutes. I am sure they cannot afford to give up a double/double guy like Eddie D.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      They don’t, this would be a stupid move to make, so I have no doubt that they are pushing hard to get it done.
      They seem to think their window is now, they are idiots.

  3. tomtravis76 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    The Wizards should be in the mix for Rudy.

    PG-Wall
    SG- Beal
    SF- Rudy
    PF- Okafor
    C- Nene

    Rudy is a Baltimore guy and played HS ball not too far from DC.

    • Kevin S. - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Is Memphis going to just give Gay to Washington?

  4. dabceb - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    So let me get this right…. Grizzlies have Conley and Bayless (who started with TOR last season), but yet Grizzlies would accept Calderon too????

    That deal makes no sense at all.

    • moseskkim - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Calderon for one year.. Expiring contracts that big are very valuable. They’re trying to save money and get under luxury tax. I would expect Toronto to add a sg/sf because they have a lot of them and Memphis would have a huge hole there without Rudy.

  5. lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Rudy Gay and Tony Allan to the Raps for Calderon, Derozan and Alan Anderson and both teams get better in the areas they need to take steps forward.

  6. badintent - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Raps will take anyone that can shoot a jump shot from 10 feet in the last 5 minutes of a game. Anyone that can make it 5 of 10 times, that would be a 200 % improvement over what is on the roster now.Toronto gets the stupidest GMs. At least the Maple Leafs got rid of Burke. The raps need to cut their GM loose now

  7. azcards - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Could definitely see Rudy get traded to the Lakers for Steve Blake and a 2nd rounder. Has David Stern kind of feel to it to make the Lakers better.

  8. skizzy79 - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I wonder if they’d want any of the sixers wing players.

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