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Report: Raptors plan to offer Rudy Gay contract extension

Mar 7, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

Toronto Raptors Rudy Gay reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Oakland Reuters

Rudy Gay won a lot of fans over when he first went to Toronto, but since then he has burned through a lot of that capital he built up. Gay is scoring 19.8 points a game but is shooting just 39 percent overall and 23.3 percent from three. Sorry to tell you this Raptors fans, but this is the real Rudy Gay — a lot of inefficient points. Moments of brilliance and he can defend, but consistency is not a strong suit.

The Raptors have him locked up for next season at $17.9 million. Gay has a player option (at $19.3 million) for the season after that. But the Raptors don’t want to risk losing him then.

This summer the Raptors are going to offer Gay a contract extension to his current deal, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports (in an article where Gay says Memphis never really gave him the chance he wanted).

The struggling Raptors appear to believe in Gay. General manager Bryan Colangelo already views him as the face of the franchise, and a source said he will likely offer a contract extension in the offseason. Toronto is in need of star power since the departure of Chris Bosh and the demise of Andrea Bargnani, the former No. 1 draft pick. Attempts will be made to move Bargnani this summer for a proven scoring post player, sources said.

“I needed a change,” Gay said of the trade. “I needed a new situation. A new task. I needed a new task with something I could grasp, something I could take over. I need to be challenged. I was challenged in Memphis, but it was tug of war at times. Here I’m being challenged and they’re seeing what I’m made of.”

Yes, they are seeing what Rudy Gay is made of, and that should give GM Colangelo pause here. There is a sense in Toronto they have to overpay to get talent to come there. Maybe to a degree it’s true. But if you’re going to pay that much you need to get value for that money.

Does Gay provide that? Really?

Also, good luck trading Bargnani this summer. There is no market for that guy, let alone for a “proven scoring post player.”

  1. gpatrick15 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Rudy Gay is just a repackaged Joe Johnson. He can certainly be your 2nd or 3rd best player, maybe even THE best on a given night, but he cannot thrive long term as the best player on a team. And the Raptors will pay him for the same reasons the Hawks paid Johnson: he’s the closest thing to a “star” they’ll likely get anytime soon and they can’t just let him walk. I like Rudy Gay for what he brings to the table, but he’s just doesn’t have what it takes to be ‘the man’ on a team.

  2. fm31970 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Yes, Toronto has to overpay compared to big markets, but which big market team is going to offer Gay what the Raptors are willing to? Not one.

    Does Colangelo not see what happened with Kris Humphries? Overpaid players kill your franchise. Toronto has some young talent, and they need to acquire more via the draft.

    Has Valenciunas fallen out of favor already? He’s only a rookie, give him and the team some time, and don’t overpay for inefficient players.

  3. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Sorry to tell you Kurt, he’s by far their best player still. And this entire blog entry sounds like the opinion of the Raptors ex girlfriend.

  4. gpatrick15 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Regarding Bargnani: I just think he needs a change of scenery very severely. He’s not a bad player, but certainly not great either. He could definitely be the 3rd option on a contender, even with his defensive ineptitude. Great coaches can hide his weaknesses within the system and still get something out of him on offense. Casey isn’t the guy for that. There are plenty of bigs out there with virtually no defensive presence that either a) get masked within the system or b) have a dominant defensive big man on the other side. Pau Gasol got eviscerated by KG when he and Odom were the starting bigs with Bynum out. But Bynum took the pressure off of him and Gasol thrived. Dirk Nowitzki is the same way. Great player, one of my all time favorites, but he’s not the greatest defender. Tyson Chandler took the pressure off of him. Give Bargnani the opportunity of either A or B and I think he can be more than serviceable.

  5. kingbeason52 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    They should be..Gay is underrated..he is a pure shooter who can get you 6 rebounds and 6 assists a game..with him and Derozan..if Derozan can be more consistent and they get some size in that lineup they will be a factor..

  6. mk2323 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    ^ Very good point.

  7. prosourcetalk - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I can’t believe Bryan Colangelo still has a job

    • bougin89 - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Exactly what I thought when I read this article.

  8. lakerluver - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Why?

  9. tastybasslines - Mar 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    This is just like being so desperate to get laid, that you’ll be THAT one guy to bang the ugly fatty sitting in the corner that your friends won’t touch.

  10. jvnyj - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Bargnani amir johnson and terrance ross for amare book it

  11. thestudiokida - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    The Raptors are in huge financial trouble. They are going to be way over the cap next two years for a team that won’t even threaten to make the playoffs in a weak conference. I can’t believe Colangelo has a job either.

  12. hojo20 - Mar 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Toronto needs to move their franchise to the US. No elite free agents will ever sign there.

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