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Raptors not keen on trading Rudy Gay for Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva

Jul 3, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

Raptors Gay prepares to throw the ball into play from the end court in the first half of their NBA game against the Celtics in Toronto Reuters

New Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri just turned Andrea Bargnani, an underwhelming player on a terrible contract, into a first-round pick. Sure, the Raptors had to take back Marcus Camby’s bad contract and Steve Novak’s lengthy deal, but they also got a couple second-round picks for the trouble.

Ujiri should be feeling pretty, pretty, pretty good about himself for that trade.

He might even think he can get more for Rudy Gay, another overpaid Toronto forward. Gay is paid considerably more than Bargnani (wow), but he’s also considerably better. In terms of value, Gay’s is probably slightly higher than Bargnani’s, but not by a drastic amount.

So, Ujiri isn’t just dumping Gay. Marc Stein of ESPN:

As I wrote yesterday, I think this is a good trade for the Raptors. But it might not be the best trade for the Raptors if they want to trade Gay.

I doubt the Pistons will pull their offer anytime soon. Perhaps, they sign a free agent – Josh Smith or Andre Iguodala would be ideal from their point of view – to play small forward, but Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey still have little value and Joe Dumars has shown he doesn’t mind overstocking a single position with talent. I think this offer will be available to Toronto for a little while.

In the meantime, Ujiri can look for a general manager foolish enough to give up a pick for the right to take on Gay’s massive contract. Maybe Bryant Colangelo will get hired somewhere.

  1. pmx8411 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Pistons should go after Iggy

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Pistons should go for worst record in the NBA and cross their fingers on lottery night

      • frank433 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        So that they lose the lotto and draft at 7 again?

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        With their luck, I have no doubt

      • lionsplayoffs - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM

        They had a great chance this season, then Joe decided they needed to win the last 5 games of the season. So I was furious that we cost ourselves a shot at Burke. Then he fell to us and we still didn’t take him. FML.

      • anonymousrm - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        lol no, unless you’re deliberately sabotaging them, considering they gave away their ’14 draft pick

      • barnesaintnoble - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:59 AM

        Joe Dumars is the worst. The problem is the owners. Davidson was too old to know what was going on and would have never fired Joe Dumars because of the championship run he had as a player. His wife wasn’t going to do anything once he died. And now with Gores (who lives in California), Dumars get’s a clean slate to fill with mistakes. Darko. Gordon. Villanueva. Curry. Frank. Kuester. Saunders. I’d add his two draft picks this year to this list, but I can’t recall their names because they were not good.

  2. conjecture101 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Why is this a story and how did it even get to the media? I mean, how many bad offers do you think an NBA GM gets per day?

    • jamieaadams - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Seventeen from the Cavs alone.

  3. furiouslytim - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Gay is the best player at that position the Raptors could ever hope of having, and regardless of his stats he is still a very very good player. Stop hating.

  4. bougin89 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Who would be?

    I’ll give you my mistake for two mistakes…all of which have talent but don’t get anyone anywhere…. Surprised the Bucks didn’t make an offer like this…

  5. weaselpuppy - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Pistons 2014 pick to Bobcats is Top 8 protected….

    If, and if indeed, the Raps want to purge Rudy, then who else has the need, room and assets to trade back?

    Not a lot of options….

  6. jordanismyidol - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Raptors are dumb if they take the trade. Stuckey and villanova for gay? Really?

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