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Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 5:00 pm  |  56 responses

Memphis Grizzlies Exploring a Rudy Gay Trade?


The Memphis Grizzlies may not have any superstars on their roster, but they’re loaded with very solid, very expensive talent. Which may force them to move at least one big piece this season for cap space relief. According to Grantland, the Grizz are currently dangling Rudy Gay: “… the Grizzlies are about $4 million over the luxury tax, staring at a very expensive four-man core that, if left intact, could take Memphis over the tax line in this season and the following two. Three straight tax seasons wouldn’t trigger the dreaded repeater tax penalties, but that path would hamstring Memphis’ roster-building flexibility during those three years and could put the repeater penalties in play if the Grizz cross the tax later. All of this explains why Memphis, over the last few weeks, has made it known in preliminary talks with other teams that Rudy Gay could be available via trade, according to sources around the league. Memphis also has a brand-new ownership and a revamped front office; John Hollinger and Jason Levien are in, longtime personnel gurus the Barones are out, and Chris Wallace’s current level of power as holdover GM is unclear. They can also cite their exciting 2011 playoff run without Gay, though that run involved a superhuman performance from Zach Randolph, a very good matchup in San Antonio, and a much deeper wing core with actual shooters. [...] Memphis isn’t necessarily shopping Gay at this point, since they’re already very good and could cut salary in other ways; there’s a long, long way to go before the trade deadline on February 21 — and before Memphis becomes a multi-year tax team. The very best Gay deals would accomplish all of these things — get Memphis under this year’s tax line, keep them at about their current level within the league’s hierarchy, and clean up the future cap sheet a bit.”

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  • JML-G

    cmon, pay them luxury tax and try to surprise everyone – Grizzlies already let Mayo go, so keep these 4 stars… dont f*ck up like OKC and others b4 them has done

  • zogs19994

    GAY TRADE

  • Mills

    Are they trying to win a championship or just compete??

  • roscoe

    is this a slam cover jinx?

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.chiu.10 Simon Chiu

    gay to raptors do it!!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    all of everyone can expect this team to look a lot different with John Hollinger involved.

  • Mackenzie Kerridge

    Wtf why would you try to trade your number one perimeter player? Dumb trade if they make it

  • gusisit

    when the draft was going on i was always saying trade gay for maggettte and for the 2nd pick which would of given then cap space with an expiring contract (maggette)and also MKG

  • nbahofer

    gasol for rudy

  • LakeShow

    Or just trade Conley…

    His contract is tradeable(45Mill over 5 years right?), and the easier position to fill.

  • http://twitter.com/RudyGrayson Rudy Grayson

    Ainge make a 3 team trade with the Cavs and Grizzlies for R.Gay. Grizzlies get Bass,Gee, and 1st round pick and Cavs get Lee,Sully, and Pondexter.

  • gusisit

    so grizz just get robbed?

  • theDankerNuggets

    Cavs would too haha that would be an awful deal

  • theDankerNuggets

    If they break up there core with a trade for any other reason than the fact they have reached their peak already, that would be a d@mn shame

  • roscoe

    everyone in the L thought MEM overpaid for conley… i hava feeling mgmt really likes him & he isn’t going anywhere.

    how about pau 4 marc?

  • gusisit

    how about no.

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

    were you hiding over the holidays?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Naw, just with my daughter during the day. Usually i comment from my email via replies at night and on my work computer during the day. So really just didn’t have the time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    lol how exactly has OKC f*cked up?? wait I guess having the best record in the league, along with having the best offense is pretty bad…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    If they are willing to pay the tax then keep the team..I don’t see them getting a much better starting 5 then these guys

  • RunNGun

    Trade Rudy Gay to the Wolves; let the Gay Love era begin.

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

    I want to vote this up so many times.

  • candlewood jay

    think long term Gilbert

  • candlewood jay

    **than

  • candlewood jay

    **there

  • candlewood jay

    should be their

  • RunNGun

    If the Wolves had signed Rudy Gay, kept Ramon Sessions, kept Al Jefferson, and drafted DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors, you would have had Big Al’s Cousins/Favors Gay Love Sessions. Juvenile humor… I know just like putting @$$ in front NBA teams. Last year’s finals would have been @$$Heat vs @$$Thunder. You can even try @$$warriors vs @$$rapers… I mean @$$raptors.

  • Tyqueztheking

    Trade gay to the bulls for deng the bulls would be nice rose rich gay boozer Noah

  • MUBWAR

    take banana calderon and fields and call it a day

  • Redd

    Gay doesn’t fit, too many bad shots.

  • bob

    thats gonna be a gay move !

  • Luminous Music

    Grizz mgmt….Pls send him to PHX & relieve us of Michael Weedley…ahem, Beasley that is. Plus Dudley perhaps? Fair?

  • Max

    A failing spelling nazi

  • Max

    No

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    *jhay

  • Redd

    But who’s going to be willing to take that big L of a contract? He’s no all-star, I mean who’d say yes to that? Even bottom seeded teams wouldn’t win from that trade. I predict they won’t find a suitor unless they got some great protected picks to throw in.

  • Redd

    He’s not the star player they need.

  • josesito

    trade him for oj mayo

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    good lord that would be an awful trade

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    okay…OKC gets cap relief…..OKC gets Jeremy Lamb…..OKC gets Raptors draft pick……OKC gets more touches/responsibility for Ibaka, Durant and Westbrook developing them into even better hoopers……what exactly am I missing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Not only would they be downgrading….but Pau is more expensive

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    would have been really interesting…actually that would have made them absurd defensively

  • Mackenzie Kerridge

    For Memphis

  • Mars

    Houston go get Gay while you have the assets to get him.

  • roscoe

    i was joking… but just like a lot ppl argue pau does not get used well idk if MEM is using Marc optimally.

  • Luminous Music

    Perhaps it was a little wishful…but we really need someone like R-Gay!

  • Hugo Silva

    Rudy + Tony Allen to Denver for Gallinari + C.Brewer + T.Mozgov

  • http://www.facebook.com/tone.brink ToNe Brink

    Gay to the lakers. Kobe need someone besides himself who can get out and run, shoot, dunk, and create their own shot. Lakers are to big and slow. I would trade Nash and gasol for three new players. 2 starters and someone who can give you 15 off the bench.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    yes that is what I meant

  • Max

    You need alot of people hah.
    By getting Gay, your not gonna go far. lol
    As you would be stuck with a mediocre team at best.

  • Luminous Music

    Maybe so but it would be a start for now. Considering how truly horrible & franchise player-less we are atm we have still managed to pull out 12 wins so far, only 3wins less than LA who apparently are not so mediocre & 5 games clear of worst in the West!Not exactly proud of that but my point is Gay is a solid & reliable forward with great career stats so with Gay, a couple of smart trades & some first round future draft picks things might pick up over the next 2-3yrs. I can dream can’t i?

  • Max

    Sure you can.

  • knicks4eva

    Or trAde him to the knicks. Let the Gay Kidd era begin.

  • candlewood jay

    so you’re saying they have a better chance of winning NBA championships without harden in the following years?

  • p

    Bulls

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I’m not able to answer that well and neither are you. I can say though that when you factor in the business aspect, (they saved a bunch of money) and the fact that they are still set up to be perennial title contenders, plus they now have the possibility of getting a player even better than Harden through Lamb or a draft pick (I know it’s not realistic, I’m just saying it’s possible). They made the right decision.

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