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Three-team trade official sending Rudy Gay to Toronto

Jan 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Rudy Gay AP

All day long Wednesday we were saying it could happen, now the deal is reached and approved — Rudy Gay is headed to Toronto as part of a three-team deal.

The trade also involves the Pistons as the third team and Tayshaun Prince going to Memphis in a deal that sends Jose Calderon to Detroit. The trade was reported by Marc Stein of ESPN and echoed by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network (technically this is a two team trade followed by a second trade between Memphis and Detroit). The parties spoke to the league office starting at 7 p.m. and the official approval has come down.

After every move is made this is how the trade would shake out:

• Toronto would get Rudy Gay and back up center Hamed Haddadi (he may be waived and bought out).

• Memphis would get Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis. (Some reports say they also get a second round pick.)

• Detroit would get Jose Calderon.

Toronto gets its guy in Rudy Gay and his 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game… except they already have DeMar DeRozan. Gay will be their best player, but he’s not at a position of need nor is he a franchise anchor guy. As it has long been with Bryan Colangelo in Toronto, I struggle to see what the bigger picture is, I just see a collection of parts. Maybe this is the first of several moves to shake up the roster (if they can trade Andrea Bargnani to anyone for anything I’ll applaud the move).

I like this move for Memphis — it saves them money — $5.8 million this season and $26.4 million over the course of Gay’s contract — getting them under the luxury tax line in future years. Plus it gives them a player in Prince that fits well for them as a replacement for Gay. Prince is not as good an all-around player as Gay, but he’s a better three-point shooter and is not a massive step down on defense of driving the lane. In addition they get a quality young four in Ed Davis to provide depth up front and Daye.

Detroit will save a lot of money when Calderon comes off the books next year and they can be a major player in the free agent market. Brandon Knight will likely start getting a lot of time at the two.

“Trading a player like Tayshaun Prince, who has meant so much to our organization and contributed to our championship success, is never easy,” Pistons GM and president Joe Dumars said in a statement. “We want to thank Tayshaun for his professionalism and contributions over the last 10 years. We also appreciate everything that Austin Daye has done for our team both on and off the court over the past three-plus years.”

  1. skinsfanwill - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Colangelo is an idiot. Finally I could actually watch a Raptors game and see promise and this guy trades away the pg and PF that have chemistry, keeps a PG that apparently no one likes on the team, and gets a SF that they don’t need. Now what are they gonna do with Bargnani? He just doesn’t want to admit drafting Bargnani was a mistake. Time to fire this clown.

  2. badintent - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I’m with Kurt on this one, I see no benefit for Raptors, Jose one of the better PG in the East and Ed Davis getting his groove on, his play in the last 16 games since Andrea had his hickie has been great on both ends .

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    MEM is wack dogg, striaght up. That franchise will never go anywhere. smh

    • slowclyde86 - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      You might want to ease off the malt liquor a bit. This trade was quite good for them. Hollinger is already paying dividends. I have no idea what Toronto is doing.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Hey Z-Bo, watch your back big homie, they got your replacement in that trade too. Don’t get too comfy in Memphis. You’ll be traded before the 2013-14 season.

  5. brotherlove2012 - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    That deal doesn’t make sense for Toronto if they don’t get Bargnani out of there. They may use a Bargnani-Derozan combo now to make the offer more acceptable. I just don’t see where they’re going with this, Lowry has an horrible attitude, I think they were unable to trade him away because of that. If it stays has it is right now, Toronto is a
    complete mess. Getting out of that hole might take them forever.

    • tomasekradek - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      i don’t think anybody wants that bargnani-derozan-20m/yr combo

    • bougin89 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I second tomasekradek. Why would anyone want to take on both of those contracts? I have no idea what Colangelo’s plan is with this roster. Two extremely expensive SF’s who are the same type of player(Gay is just better) and they are locked into both of these guys for years. Just doesn’t make sense.

  6. davidly - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Toronto gets its guy in Rudy Gay and his 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game.

    I reckon you’re just dealin’ loose wit’ th’ ol’ journalistic semantics, Kurt, but I cannot resist pointing out:
    The Raptors don’t actually get Gay’s stats. He’s gotta keep earning them. As we all know, changing teams has a way of dramatically altering a player’s productivity, for good and ill. Just ask the Mavs, who’ve been on the ill side of that equation the last couple of years, both coming and going.

    • davidly - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      I hasted to explicitly add what I’d only implied:
      Memphis loses 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game until some combination of what they received for Gay replaces them.

  7. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    how in the world could anyone confuse toronto with portland?

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