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Raptors players react to news of Rudy Gay trade in the locker room (VIDEO)

Dec 31, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

As is often the case with the hectic travel schedules involved in the NBA, players may be in the air or on the road when major league news breaks — even when it concerns their own teams or the players themselves.

That’s how it went down with the Raptors on the afternoon of the deal the team made to send Rudy Gay to the Kings. Toronto was in transit to Staples Center in Los Angeles to face the Lakers, and news of the deal was delivered to a group of players who were on the first bus to the arena once they arrived by an assistant coach of that night’s opponent.

In a rare moment captured with behind-the-scenes footage (beginning at the 9:50 mark of the video clip above), we see players react to the news as they receive it — including Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, who were also being shipped to Sacramento.

[via Rob Mahoney at]

  1. Gordon - Dec 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    This is why I don’t get upset with athletes treating sports like a business. Teams are always in business mode.

    Fans act like it’s not a big deal to get traded, uproot your family and start over. Yes, they’re paid well, but they are human beings too.

  2. sellahh - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I honestly though it would be a 1 minute video showing Amir and Lorwy jumping from happiness, instead it’s a guy putting dishes on his Christmas table. How can you miss that.

  3. dabceb - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Coach Casey spoke well….

  4. 00maltliquor - Jan 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Maybe they were more sad for getting traded to Sac Town then they were having to leave Toronto. You got to imagine if they heard they got traded to South Beach there would have been big ear to ear smiles.

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