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Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 9:10 am  |  49 responses

Latest Rudy Gay Trade Rumor Involves Grizzlies, Celtics and Lakers


Rudy Gay’s name continues to dangle in rumors as the February 21 trade deadline approaches — thee latest speaks to a potential deal between Memphis, Boston and Los Angeles. Per the Commercial Appeal: “The speculation is that Memphis would receive (Paul) Pierce, Los Angeles would get (Rudy) Gay and (Pau) Gasol would land in Boston. Griz CEO Jason Levien told local reporters last week that no deal was imminent. It is widely known that the Griz still are open to trading Gay, and expect better offers for the swingman now that the franchise is no longer on the hook for a luxury tax payment. Memphis shed more than $6 million and got under the tax threshold Tuesday with a multiplayer deal that sent Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick to Cleveland for forward Jon Leuer. ‘Getting under the luxury tax just isn’t an economic play,’ Levien said Thursday. ‘It gives us flexibility.’ [...] Asked about whether the Griz were working on another trade, Levien said: ‘We’re not in a rush to do anything, but I wouldn’t definitely say anything until Feb. 22 about what might happen.’ The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 21. Levien spoke to Gay several times over the past month and lauded how the longest-tenured Grizzlies player has handled trade speculation. ‘Rudy’s a total pro,’ Levien said. ‘He’s handled this with class.’ When pressed on a percentage, whether there is a 50- or 60-percent chance the Griz would do a deal by the deadline, Levien responded with: ‘It’s more likely than not that we do nothing. We really like our team.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    don’t really see what this would do for the Grizzlies, or for the Celtics. the celts should focus on getting a pg (LOWRY!). gay would probably be a nice fit in a d’antoni system if they want to play a small lineup, but he doesn’t solve their defensive problems

  • SirGrey

    This can be a move to get Dwight to stay for the long run but as much as I want LAL in the post-season, it doesn’t look likely. But Memphis, seriously, I’m tired of you helping them.

  • i_ball

    No way the Celtics trade Paul Pierce.

  • Redd

    Bad move, PP will retire once he’s traded.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it is more likely that Boston trades Kevin Garnett.

  • Redd

    Who would also retire. Any team that trades for either of those guys is stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    say KG gets traded to Golden State…..you really think he’d retire? come on now bruh. if either guy gets traded to a playoff team, they will keep playing.
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    Especially considering KG still got $23M left to make on his deal (2 years), and Pierce is set to make $15M next season.

  • JM

    I’d say its less likely considering KG’s no-trade clause but you know, that’s just my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i should have said, “tries to trade Kevin Garnett” — regardless, i highly doubt Garnett turns down playing for a playoff team.

  • Redd

    Except GS wouldn’t be a realistic place. I really don’t think so, I don’t believe they’ll keep playing and if they do it’ll be until the end of the season and that’s all. Both those guys are in cusp of retirement.

    Pierce clearly is close and KG only didnt retire cause of the Celtics.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=c3l2hcg – that trade makes a ton of sense.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Plus Redd, just consider history. Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwan, etc. players play till they are done playing effectively. Not done when they aren’t with the team they have been successful with.

  • slammin

    LA gets rudy gay, and KG. Memphis gets pierce, earl clark, sullinger. boston gets dwight howard, jodie meeks, memphis draft pick

  • Redd

    That’s true, in PP’s case his effectiveness is not there anymore I don’t think.

    In KG’s case he can still bring it, but both these guys have pledged loyalty to the Cs & to leave I think would lower their morale(of the Odum ilk). But in regards to that trade, a healthy Bogut averaging a double double trumps a present day KG.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Pierce is scoring 19 a game, and had a triple double in a double overtime win against the defending champs LAST NIGHT. What are you talkin about he can’t bring it?

  • Redd

    Have you seen him play lately? He seems to not have it like he used to (40% by the way).

    When he played my Bulls the guy literally couldn’t catch the ball in the last seconds. I was curious as to whether he was doing badly cause I remember I checked his PPG. But then I went to RealGM & the guys there were calling for a PP trade because they didn’t like how he’s been playing(I don’t watch him so I trust them).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I WATCHED HIM PLAY YESTERDAY. What? You trust RealGM? Lol, why? Real GM literally posts every rumor they see. They follow me on twitter for goodness sake

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I WATCHED HIM PLAY YESTERDAY. What? You trust RealGM? Lol, why? Real GM literally posts every rumor they see. They follow me on twitter for goodness sake

  • Redd

    No I watched yesterday too, he did great. I mean prior to yesterday.

    RealGM forums friend.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah I’ve watched him recently. He’s not the same Pierce he was in previous years, but he is still a top flight SF. . .
    And the forums….are worse then the website.

  • Redd

    I like RealGM’s main page, the Forums eh I agree except for my Chicago Bulls section. Those guys are cool peoples, always nice & whatnot.

    But yeah exactly he’s lost a step, you can’t even being as strong minded as you are, deny he potentially could have a Odum spell upon being traded.

  • Redd

    & KG has a no trade clause..can’t trade him.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    A no trade clause means he has the option to say no. It doesn’t mean he can’t be traded lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    According to who?

  • Redd

    There’s no way KG waives it! It’s KG..and the Celtics! lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    stop thinking anyone is loyal to anyone. you have been watching basketball long enough to realize that’s a fool hardy way to look at things.
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    KG does not want to waste his last few good years on a team with no shot at competing. Boston is on track to miss the playoffs, assuming Rondo means as much to them as it seems.
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    I doubt KG is down to waste a year of his career in the lottery.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Redd, you know you who are talking to, you know i don’t care how nice anyone is. i like good information. you aren’t going to find much of it on RealGM, at least not in terms of compared to the girth of rumors they peddle out.

  • Redd

    I feel like you bullied adults in high school..

    But yes, you’re right every team forum had a vast amount of dubious trade posts 110% which were made up. Occasionally they’ll have legit trade info however. But again, I like the main page & the forum I go to for the game threads.

    Where do you go? I follow Rumorpress on Twitter & Hoopshype.com.

  • Redd

    Would KG mind running out his contract in Boston? I don’t think he minds, I don’t see GS as a realistic possibility for him unless Bogut shows that he can’t help which I doubt.

    How many Celtic greats have not retired as Celtics? Cousy is the only 1 my memory banks recall hearing of.

  • RipCity

    Joe Montana played for the Chiefs. Farve for the Jets and rival Vikings. Jerry Rice for the Raiders and Seahawks. Clyde Drexler for the Rockets. Shaq for the last 3 teams he played with. Jordan for the wizards. players play until they can’t anymore…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i have always treated everyone the same way…which is pretty much how i treat people here (except i am more arrogant here than in normal life).
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    I mainly just use Twitter. Follow as many “sources” as i can. all the reading material worth reading pops up on the TL anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t think he minds. But i think he’d prefer to compete, or at least feel like he’s competing.

    .

    and i am only advocating the Celtics trading Garnett IF they are going to cut their losses. If Ainge is under the impression they can still be competitive, trading Garnett is the last thing they should do.

    .Robert Parish –

    i mean, since switching teams became popular how many great Celtics have there been? ZERO.

    .

    Paul Pierce is the only great Celtic (other than Parish if you consider him so) since Bird retired.

  • Redd

    Well KG & his team certainly are under that impression now. After losing Rondo & beating the Heat I’m sure they think they can get on a roll.

    I personally don’t believe so. But I do believe either this trade deadline will be very dull or very interesting.

  • Redd

    I didn’t mean you’re a jerk or anything, you come off as blunt as hell not even arrogant.

    Oh, yeah I should follow more sports journalist. If only ESPN Sportsfeed actually had feed from sports journalist. There should be an app for that.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh i didn’t take you as insulting me don’t worry. i understand what you mean. i’m just saying, i am more arrogant here. in real life i don’t normally think i’m the most prepared person in the room for every situation. i do here. (lol, arrogant as i know that is).

  • LakeShow

    Agreed, and that’s not going to happen either.
    Unfortunately…
    I really would like to see RG in LA.

  • Redd

    Are you saying in a room with me holding a knife I’d have the upper hand?! Lol.

    Na but seriously, not to sound corny, but your basketball knowledge is probably the best I’ve come across. Whereas mines is ridiculed & probably bad but I’m learning a lot.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha i don’t see everyday life situations as competitively as i treat this place – or anywhere else in my private life. i’m the most competitive person i know, and honestly, SLAM is my outlet. It’s not that i don’t have a life, lol, it’s just that this is where i go to curb my competitive nature (especially since i apparently ruined my ankle, and can’t actually hoop at the moment).
    .
    I really appreciate that man. I’m nuts about the sport and have been studying it since i was like 4 years old lol. And you know quite a bit, especially for a pre-med student who i assume has a ton on their plate.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    karl malone.

  • IronMamba

    How does this solve the issue that Boston has.. they just lost Rondo for the year so that forces them to trade their best scorer for a post player?

  • Redd

    No problem man, for you to say that is humbling. I know most people think I’m basketball stupid but I try to learn as much as I can & it irritates me that cause my opinions are wrong at times, folks get angry.

    Yeah pre-med in 2013 is no joke, the field is incredibly competitive, a lot of folks are going into it for financial security but I’m just trying to go into Doctors Without Borders. Again thanks & enjoy my flawed road to average NBA knowledge lol.

  • aurel

    I can say you hate the celtics

  • Batman

    Why not D.Howard for Al Horford and Korver? this is a win win for both teams

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Exactly, if loyalty was a concern for KG then he wouldnt have left Minny

  • Mike From Spain

    Just ellaborating on the ‘assuming Rondo means as much to them…’ bit. Now we will see how much impact Rondo had on these Celtics.

  • pposse

    why is trinidad james being advertised on here??!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you gotta just learn to ignore people. i was “no basketball knowledge” for the first like year i was here. lol

  • Redd

    There’s hope! Thanks dude.

  • Jay Brodes

    would love to see rudy gay in purple and gold!!! this would be golden!!

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