The latest NBA trade rumor that’s picking up steam lately involves the Memphis Grizzlies sending forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors with a third yet-to-be-determined team landing point guard Jose Calderon. While this deal is still in the infant stage on the rumor scale the question is, why would the Raptors, a team full of young wings, want Rudy Gay?
The Raptors are fresh off signing Demar DeRozan to a four-year, $40 million extension on October 31 last year. They inked Landry Fields to a three-year, $25 million deal over the summer. And they drafted swingman Terrence Ross eighth overall in the 2012 draft. They have plenty of depth on the wing.
One can assume that any proposed deal for Rudy Gay would have one of the aforementioned players on the move, but why? DeRozan is having a productive year by averaging 17.3 points per game. Terrence Ross has flashed a ton of potential as a big-time scorer when given the opportunity. Landry Fields… well; there isn’t much to say about his season except that his contract is laughable.
What Rudy Gay would bring the Raptors is a little star power that the team has lacked since Chris Bosh bolted to the Miami Heat. Gay is capable of having monster games and could be a 20+ point per game scorer if he was the primary option, which he would be on the Raptors. But he also has two years and $37 million left on his terrible contract. While the Raptors can afford to take on his salary, it just wouldn’t make much sense.
If the Raptors do find a taker for Calderon, which shouldn’t be that difficult, they would be making a mistake by trading for Rudy Gay. All they would be doing is helping the Grizzlies get further under the cap and see how that benefits the Raptors one bit.