Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 2:05 pm  |  26 responses

Rudy Gay Wonders About Grizzlies Management Not Calling Him About Trade

The NBA is often a cold, heartless business. Rudy Gay and his shocked former teammates discovered this harsh reality when he was dealt to Toronto last night — Gay says that no one from the Memphis Grizzlies’ front-office contacted him regarding the trade. Per the Commercial Appeal’s Twitter feed: “Gay said Griz CEO Jason Levien nor anyone from team’s new management team called him to reveal trade … Gay: ‘I can’t even get a phone call?’ … Gay on Griz years: ‘It was good. I can’t really complain about what happened when I was here. I was happy to see the team progress.’ … Gay on Griz decision: ‘We shall see.’ … Gay didn’t sound angry. He actually seemed sad that his time in Memphis has come to an end after nearly 7 years.”

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  • Craig

    Come on man….paraphrased to be sure, he was on the phone with Kyle Lowry ALL DAY. He knew it was happening, Calderon and he had known for a month.

  • The Philosopher

    Rudy Gay is NOT “that guy”…
    They’re not going to call him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Here we go again. Where is the outcry from the media and fans about the lack of loyalty and courtesy from Grizz management? Oh..wait, that only applies to the players.

  • spit hot fiyah

    hollinger’s opinions on gay where well documented, not surprised. i really liked that team, that team did have it’s best run when he was out though, too bad they destroyed their bench

  • Marcuz

    exactly…that’s why I don’t fault players for doing what is in their best interest….at the end of the day..it is a business

  • The Philosopher

    If he played like a superstar, he would have gotten the call.
    All of the real superstars add something to their games each season.
    Similar with Andre Iguoadala, as far as getting the superstar money, but not quite playing up to his contract.
    But I would bet that Iguoadala got a call. Iguoadala is a different bird than Rudy Gay. More class… in my estimation. A better politician. See, when one is a real superstar, they don’t have to be the best politician. When one is Rudy Gay, you have to be a politician.
    Gay got the money, and plateaued. Didn’t elevate his game. Seemingly, didn’t work on his game. Got complacent. And he is still young enough to improve. But he hasn’t.
    Besides, for that money, the Grizzlies can do exactly what they did. And exactly what Philadelphia did.
    Gay entertained the press too frequently. Bad politics, In my opinion… Why does he talk to the press? Address it one time, and give a “no comment”, thereafter. (he eventually stopped talking)

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    It’s not really a matter of being “the guy” to me, since we’re calling the NBA a business we might as well look over to the corporate world and see what happens. When you get fired, your manager comes to you talks to you and lets you know even if the decision comes from higher ups.

    It’s a simple courtesy especially considering a player has stayed with your organization for 7 years.

  • patrick

    does he mean contacted him before or after the trade was completed??

  • The Philosopher

    I understand that.
    And I respect it.

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


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

    Yeah really. At least have the balls to let the player know.

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

    Who cares if you’re a superstar or not? Its common courtesy to let a player know he’s getting released or traded…especially someone who’s been with the team since his rookie year.

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

    God I hate that guy (Hollinger).

  • LakeShow

    Right there with you.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    exactly! he had longevity and they threw him out with no car

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Hope rudy can atleast make t dot better

  • Mike Mihalo

    Rudy Gay was the only person in the world that didn’t know he was gonna get traded. Shocked!

  • The Philosopher

    But again, Gay has displayed bad courtesy, as well.
    Politics are rough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    Gay is a top twenty player, and in the right environ, should flourish.

  • Slick Ric


  • Tsawg

    Do you work for the grizz management?

  • KBM

    Rudy ‘can’t really complain about what happened when he was there.’

    He got payed 18 mil a year when he was there.

  • TheKid

    Sort of understand you. But Gay was a major reason the Grizzlies have been VERY good the last few years. He started to flourish then Z-Bo followed and go his act together and so forth. You can’t take your game completely to the next level over night. Working on your shooting and ball skills takes entire seasons. Terrible move by Memphis. Nobody on that team can get their own shot and its showed in the recent game.

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

    He and Abbott just come across as the smuggest of ass**les.

  • The Philosopher

    I understand that, as well…
    But we must also understand what is at stake here;
    It was a great monetary move by the Grizzlies. But I think that the team would have been more reluctant to part with him, had Gay improved his game more, and, had he exacted more class during his long tenure there. (Although, I definitely could be wrong. I’ll acknowledge that.) Especially concerning the press. ESPECIALLY, since there is new blood in the front office.
    The rift(s) with Mayo, and now, Gay complaining to the press about the lack of a phone call. That, in my opinion, tells of a young man who has some maturity issues, and his ranting about a phone call borders on being petty.
    Also, Zach Randolph has no problem getting his own shot. He is among the best in the League at doing so. And has been for the better part of a decade.

  • The Philosopher

    I work for the people… lol.