Saturday, June 9th, 2012 at 12:16 pm  |  14 responses

Grizzlies Owner: ‘We’re Not Looking to Trade Rudy Gay’

The rumors will continue, but Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley told the told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that the team isn’t looking to move Rudy Gay. Reports have linked him to the Warriors and Bobcats, who own the No. 7 and No. 2 picks in the 2012 Draft, respectively: “The man writing checks to pay Rudy Gay’s NBA maximum salary said Friday that he has no plan to sign off on trading the Grizzlies’ promising yet often maligned small forward. Reports persist that the Griz are shopping Gay to shed payroll and acquire a draft pick in the lottery. But Griz owner Michael Heisley says that just isn’t the case. ‘We’re not looking to trade Rudy Gay,’ Heisley said. ‘We’re not shopping him around. Period. Do we sit around and say, ‘What if we traded Rudy, who could we get?’ No. Right now, Rudy is part of the future of this team.’ Gay, 25, will be the team’s second-highest-paid player next season. His $16.4 million salary for the 2012-13 season is slightly less than the $16.5 million that power forward Zach Randolph will earn. Gay is owed about $53.6 million over the next three seasons after signing an $84 million contract as a restricted free agent in 2010. Heisley chuckled at the perception that the Griz want to dump Gay and his salary, citing past and erroneous speculation that he wouldn’t pay to keep key players. ‘Our plan was always to protect the core. I’ve got the core for four years,’ Heisley said. ‘If we ever decide to do something, it won’t be because of salary. We’re going to build a team around this core group. We understand Rudy’s salary. We understood it when we gave it to him. We’re not looking to cut salary. We’re looking to try and win a championship.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Trade Rudy Gay for MKG and OJ Mayo for Jason Terry.

  • SirGrey

    Smh at those terrible trades. ^

  • Mack

    To me Rudy Gay is missing that killer instinct and that will to succeed. It always seems like he’s playing at 80-85 percent when he could be averaging (at least) 24 and 8 boards with a couple steals/blocks thrown in there. He’s built like a smaller Durant but plays so passive; it’s frustrating to watch so much talent not play at a higher level.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    He just need to attack the rim more and he’ll average 24+ easily.
    But he instead insist on shooting jumpshot while being one of the best ingame dunkers.
    But that’s just Gay man…

  • Mega

    I’ll take MKG over Gay anyday, anyday no question.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    @Max. I See what you did there lol

  • billups

    @BE.water…just clicked your tag by accident bro, DUMB FIRE!

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Who the hell is MKG?? Besides AI,KG and MJ, since when do we refer to players using just their initials??

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    If your name is Michael Kidd Gilchrist, you’re MKG.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Haha, thanks Max… I was running players thru my head trying to figure out who people were talking about.. Thought it might be a Metta World peace typo… funny comment at 4:29 btw…

  • evan

    No, Rudy Gay is hand downs one of the best overall players in the NBA when Healthy. Kidd-Gilchrist is not even a pro yet. Shut your mouth talking about Basketball, when you make stupid ass comments.

  • gusisit

    i think we should trade him for magette, the 2nd pick and 31st pick if the bobcats would do that

  • haslem

    @evan: did you watch him get exposed in the playoffs? He was healthy and averaged 19 points on 40% shooting against the terrifying defense of nick young, randy foye, and a one handed caron butler. He couldn’t hit a three to save his life, he couldn’t even get to the line. He just flat out wasn’t aggressive. That’s not okay for a guy making franchise money. I hope MKG does bigger things.

  • Payton The SneakerAddict

    Michael Kidd Gilchrist A Guy Who Wouldn’t Do A Thing In The NBA. Small Frame Doesn’t Have A Jumper, Gay Hit A Couple Threes, His Numbers Aren’t Bad Even Though He Is Capable Of More, One Of 15 Finalist For USA Basketball 2012, MKG Is Overrated Because He Is At Kentucky