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Report: Memphis not “likely” to trade Rudy Gay at deadline

Jan 14, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo AP

A trade is a negotiation. It’s about getting as much as you can in return for your asset, which in part means having leverage. If you want to haggle over the price of a new car you don’t first tell the salesman how much you love it and really, really want it. You have to be willing to walk out the door to get the best price.

The Memphis Grizzlies have spent the last couple few weeks testing the trade waters for Rudy Gay and their response? Maybe we should just walk out the door.

Here’s the latest from the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

According to a person with knowledge of those conversations, Gay is likely to remain a Grizzly through the end of this season. The message to Gay at the moment is that if he is dealt by the league’s Feb. 21 trade deadline, then the Griz will have been offered a no-brainer scenario.

For example, the Griz have entertained the Washington Wizards’ offer for Gay. The crux of that exchange would have the Griz receiving rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal in a larger package. The proposals for Randolph have been even weaker.

None of the potential deals has merit because they aren’t believed to be strong enough to keep the Griz on their current pace.

First, and as noted above, this is exactly what you say in a negotiation.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t truth to it.

If the goal really is a deal that would keep the Grizzlies on their current pace — 24-11, fourth seed in the West, very slim chance of title contention but a chance — then it’s not likely a deal gets done.

As we’ve said for a while, what is more likely is a deal this summer. Currently the Grizzlies are about $4 million over the tax line, a penalty but not too severe of one. Next season, if no changes are made, that jumps to more than five million and that also is the year the escalating tax scale kicks in, so the price would be steeper.

Most likely Memphis sees what this roster can get them in the playoffs, then next summer they make a trade sending Gay out.

But that plan could change in the next month before the trade deadline.

  1. elcapitanfiscal - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM


    As a Mavs fan I’d like for Mark Cuban to go after him, although I don’t think him and OJ Mayo got along when they played together.

    I say the Celtics should grab him, even if it means getting rid of Pierce.

  2. klownboy - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Why trade Ray? I mean I understand the whole luxury tax thing, but giving up on a talent like that? Really?

    • memphismiracle - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      To me, it is all about value. Rudy Gay is not valuable because his contract is too high and his production is too erratic/inefficient.

  3. dingo318 - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Not sure why they have a “very slim” chance at title contention. They have wins over several elite teams this year and can compete with any team in the league, thanks to a stifling defense. They have given up over 100 points just 3 times this season, and 2 of those were on the 2nd night of a back to back. Their offense has been a little erratic but the defense will keep them in every game.

    Here is their record vs the top teams in the league.

    Oklahoma City (1-0)
    Miami (1-0)
    San Antonio (1-1)
    Golden State (2-0)
    New York (1-0)

    The only elite team they haven’t beaten is the Clippers, who beat the Grizzlies on opening night. The Grizzlies have a chance to even that record out tonight in Memphis though.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      I don’t read much into regular season games predicting postseason outcomes. Which is to say, I don’t think they can beat a healthy Clippers or Thunder in seven games.

  4. nycalldayz - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I don’t understand why they would try to trade Gay? The guy is talented and he’s key if the Grizzles are serious about making a real run in the west.

  5. pricejustin24 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Hey Kurt Helin, I thought he was getting traded “for sure” by the deadline???? Dummy

  6. jimsjam33 - Jan 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    The reason they can’t win the championship is because they don’t have a back court to keep up with the Thunder , Clips and Spurs . Mike Conley versus ,Westbrook , Paul or Parker is a losing cause . They probably have the best front court in basketball with Gay , Gasol and Randolph , but after that there is a severe drop off on their bench versus the top three .
    The Griz have new ownership and the team is not selling out the arena at home . Next year management owes a combined $ 150 million to just Randolph and Gay . Luxury tax is too much and the market is too small . So either Gay or Randolph leave or maybe both for younger players at a lot less money . This is the last year for the Griz to compete at a top level .

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