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Rudy Gay will not make Raptors debut until Sunday. Against Heat.

Jan 31, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

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Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto. The deal is done.

But he will not report to the team until Friday afternoon and that means he will not play Friday night when the Raptors host the Los Angeles Clippers, tweets Eric Koreen of the National Post.

The Raptors next game is Sunday against the Miami Heat. You know, the game LeBron James isn’t thrilled about because it’s causing him to miss the Super Bowl.

“Welcome to Toronto! Here’s your new uniform, your locker, make yourself at home. Now get dressed and go out there and guard LeBron.”

Gay averages 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game and instantly becomes the best player the Raptors put on the court. Normally when you get the best player in the trade it’s a win, but this deal just brings up more questions about Toronto’s roster construction. They already had DeMar DeRozan at the three, and they can slide him to the two spot and then both of them can hope that the aggressive Kyle Lowry decides to give up the rock. Then they have young guys like Landry Fields (on a pretty healthy contract) and rookie Terrence Ross also looking for perimeter minutes.

Maybe there are more moves coming for Toronto — anyone want Andrea Bargnaini? Anyone? Bueller? Baller? — but I still just struggle to see the big picture here.

But it will be an interesting picture when Gay takes the court. On Sunday.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Of course

  2. brotherlove2012 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    If Toronto doesn’t make another move before the trade deadline, that roster will be a mess to deal with for the coach. Colangelo might the most overrated and incompetent GM out there, but I can’t believe he’s done dealing. Just thinking about Bargnani back on the court makes me laugh, it will be a fun train wreck to watch. One has to watch other train wrecks from time to time, I’m getting tired of watching the Lakers struggle …

  3. money2long - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    bright side for rudy gay upon leaving a contender is that for one, he is now playing in the east, a weaker conference. less stress to try to make the playoffs and as the unquestioned first option, he has a chance to start a new legacy. hope he is keeping his head up on being traded. there are some good pieces in toronto.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    So much for all you bloodthirsty NBA “fans” that craved “pairity” in the NBA. The small market Grizzlies had to blow up the team just to get under the tax line in the future. That new salary cap helps out NO ONE.

    How anyone believes that trade made the Grizzlies better I will never understand. In what world is Prince (whom is one of my all-time favorite players, by the way) better then Gay? F a stupid draft pick and a backup PF (who IS good, but hell, they already have an All-Star PF).

    Hopefully GMs sign 2nd tier players and so on and so forth to REASONABLE contracts from now on out! No more 7 ft. C’s getting 10+ milli for being able to walk and chew gum at the same time (Hibbert/Jordan/every decent NBA C). No more Iggy’s or Gay’s getting over 12 mill a year.

    That Grizz starting 5 had it all…wing defenders, post defenders, slashers, post up players, mid-range shooters, athletisism, a go-to guy or two. Now what?

  5. kingbeason52 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    One of the more uneventuful trades in a while..Goodluck Rudy!

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