Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 11:05 am  |  21 responses

Rudy Gay Says New Grizzlies Ownership Didn’t Let Him Prove His Worth

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

When Robert Pera purchased the Memphis Grizzlies, and remade the team’s front-office, the priority became clear: salaries had to be slashed, and Rudy Gay’s big contract became the likeliest candidate for removal.

The Grizz, of course, shipped Gay to Toronto, and Rudy says that he’s happy there. He just wishes the new bosses in Memphis had given him a chance to prove his value.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

“You have to give me a chance to see if I’m worth that,” Gay said. Gay averaged at least 18 points in his previous five seasons with Memphis, but the new regime in the small market didn’t believe the forward with no All-Star appearance was worth paying $53.7 million over three seasons. Memphis also had two stellar big men in All-Star forward Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol while playing a half-court offense that didn’t utilize Gay’s athleticism.

After Robert Pera bought the Grizzlies last offseason, Gay’s name often came up in trade conversations. Gay quietly had an intuition he would be dealt. “With [new management], I don’t think anybody’s comfortable,” Gay said. “They’re rookie owners. They come in there and they want it their own way, and you can’t blame them for that. But it’s a player’s league.”

It may be a players’ league, but business trumps all. The Grizzlies seem to think they’ll be better off financially and on the court going forward without Rudy Gay (Memphis has gone 11-4 since the big trade.)

Now the undisputed main guy on the Raptors — Gay says it was a “tug of war” in Memphis, playing alongside stars like Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol — Rudy appears ready to embrace his new role as the face of the franchise. And so do the Raptors, who will reportedly offer their new forward (who has averaged just over 20 points since joining the team) a contract extension this summer.

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  • The Philosopher

    He would have helped his cause by passing the ball, and playing defense. In my opinion.
    It was a “tug of war”?
    Because, he is not a superstar. He doesn’t pass well. He doesn’t guard people with consistency. His percentages are low.
    And he talks too much…
    AND they’re better without him.
    Called it early.

  • http://twitter.com/NYCKING BIG ED

    Rudy don’t sign the extension. Be like Bosh, VC, and T-Mac run to a team who can contend. VC was traded.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i always liked rudy, but i think the grizz made the right move, rudy is pretty inefficient as a players. he will take the last shot though. f@cking rudy gay maaaan!

  • Kraken

    Talks to much? I disagree. Whats the matter with saying what he said? The man’s just reflecting on the past. How is he supposed to feel about it?

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Grizzlies got better tho Rudy.

  • LakeShow

    rudy facking gay man!

  • LeroyShonuff

    The only Tug Of War was Rudy Gay not being able to translate his game. He had a dominate inside duo and all he had to do was pick his spots (open court), focus on defense and learn how to move without the ball. Simple things to write about on slam but is incredibly difficult to implement when you played a totally different way for 20+ yrs. Toronto is a good fit and maybe they can move Bargani and get some better pieces

  • patrick

    I dunno why grizz wanted ed davis,,,they already had/have 2 players with his size + weight…a) darrell arthur b) jon leuer

  • Max

    b) Jon Leuer.
    Are you f*cking kidding me?

  • RKJ92

    @disqus_Ibahj8oYaU:disqus LOL THIS MAN SAID JON LEUER..

  • RKJ92

    I usually agree with pretty much everything you say, but Rudy Gay is a not a below average defender, if anything he’s pretty decent defencively. As for him talking to much, I completely disagree with that aswell, I’ve watched every Raptor game and other then calling out where players should be, or diff plays, he is dead silent when he plays..
    Do I think he’s a superstar? no.
    Do I think he’s at finding open teamates? sometimes.. but more times then not no.
    Do I think grizz are better without him? not now; but in the future it’s better for the team moving forward.

  • Irishway’s

    did’t like this trade at 1st…. but Memphis been looking pretty solid


    Its over bro.

  • roscoe

    and you know that great run last year didnt include him.

    i dig rudy and think he is a winner. he will be on a good team soon enuf.

  • The Philosopher

    My apologies… I was referring to his interaction With the media, concerning things that should be kept in – house.

  • The Philosopher

    It’s bad politics. Especially, for a player who is not a superstar. He hasn’t even made an All – Star team. He merely received the money.
    A guy like Andre Iguoadala keeps it moving. And look at how he is generally viewed.


  • Percy Jackson

    best comment …

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    they didnt want anyone, they just unwant Rudy due to financial issues, isn’t?

  • jakethesnake

    i speak for most memphians, at least the ones that really know their ball (most of the population), when i say:

    rudy didn’t fit on this team. we tried and tried to make it seem like there was a way to work it all out, and there just wasn’t. we wish him all the best, and will watch his career intently.

    also, stop saying you “don’t miss anything about memphis.”! we know you miss the ribs, you spent half your life at the rendezvous!

  • RKJ92

    All good G.