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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 3:10 pm  |  27 responses

Rudy Gay, Grizzlies Agree to Five-Year Extension

If you can explain why Grizzlies didn’t wait for Gay, a restricted free agent, to bring back an offer sheet, you’re better than us. From the Memphis Commercial Appeal: “The Memphis Grizzlies and restricted free-agent Rudy Gay have agreed in principle on a five-year contract, The Commercial Appeal has learned. NBA sources indicated that Gay will sign the deal on or soon after July 8 when teams are allowed to finalize contracts. Gay’s starting salary will be the maximum allowed a player with his experience – projected to be roughly $13.3 million – according to sources. Gay, 23, was supposed to visit the Minnesota Timberwolves this afternoon but canceled the trip. The 6-8 forward will not visit any potential suitors.”

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  • B_Easy24

    hmmmm should’ve still exercised his options if i were Rudy i would’ve bolted to a contender or a team with a better sqaud at least

  • loaf

    guess gay love sessions is out of the window then!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    If I was Rudy I would have done just what he did and went got that money.

  • Kap

    The dude can play so it makes perfect sense. OJ at point, Henry at SG, and Gay at SF should be pretty competitive.

  • Hum

    gay

  • kwame

    sign and trade?

  • george w. buckets

    just in it for the money? well i better not hear dude complaining about teammates or the team losing at all.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    With the pick of xavier, maybe oj will play point. Would be a very talented perimeter. At least we know rudys not going to mia

  • Ganchan

    Memphis is incredibly stupid. SMH why the hell would you ever give the maximum to a restricted free agent????? You can match an offer sheet that probably won’t be max money for **** sakes, please can someone explain this to me, am I missing something?

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Definition of a knee-jerk reaction if there ever was one.

  • The D Train

    Apparently David Khan was fired by Minnesota and hired immediately by Memphis.

  • Celts Fan

    They obviously want to keep him. He woulda got this much from someone on the open market (probably someone that missed on LeBron and Wade.) If they were definitely gonna match anyway, why not do it right away and keep him happy and show the love? Not to mention, now they’re a player in trade scenarios for Henry or Mayo if they want to and/or can get him back in w/ the guys if they really are gonna run w/ Mayo at point and throw Xavier at the 2. That’s a new back-court that’ll need reps. Instead of chasing the $$$s, now he can practice with those guys. Plus, it’s not like Memphis was terrible last year. They won like 40 games. This team’s on the rise if Pablo Escobar Randolph can stop fronting drug rings.

  • KoBynum716

    Memphis would have to match a signing bonus from another team if an offer were to come up. The only thing is, I highly doubt another team would have offered 16mil plus a signing bonus equaling to 20mil a year, Gay is at best a 2nd or 3rd option on a contender.

  • ccantrell

    gay has loyalty for his team bro.. wouldnt have hurt to wait awhile and see how things unfold tho just to see who he could have teamed up with.. he would have been a perfect fit in chi-town if james does not go

  • http://thetroyblog.com TEddy-the-Bear

    wth….. Well that was anti-climactic.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    didn’t see this coming.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/competition/all-decade/main-page/i/64902/4259/euroleague-all-decade-selection-theodoros-papaloukas?lang=en&itemid=64902&mid=4259&tabid=1143&itemname=EUROLEAGU PAPALOUKAS (click on my name)

    OVERPAIDDDD!!!!!. If not for the Joe Johnson’s deal (that may surpass Rashard Lewis one) this one is plain bad.

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    If hollins makes rudy the offensive focal point, he wil avg 25 and be a perennial all star. But I dont see zach letting that happen

  • ccantrell

    gay was on the verge of doing this before mayo joined the team.. he will be there in a season or 2.. that is why is staying in memphis.. so they can build around him instead of him being a complement to someone else on a better team

  • rashado

    ” They won like 40 games. This team’s on the rise if Pablo Escobar Randolph can stop fronting drug rings.”

    best comment

  • http://www.oo.com.au Dacre

    respectful business practice.

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Well they at least made us forget about zbo

  • dino

    The Grizz are reaching here. Rudy Gay = overrated!!

  • Lazarus

    all he can do is score…. he is a massive black hole n gives 0 effrt on d.

    8 mill max.

  • http://www.hypebball.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Well im glad he wont be in Minnesota after they pick 4 small forward in the draft including Wesley Johnson. I think he is a good fit in Memphis but may not be worth such a big contract?

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