The Memphis Grizzlies are a team that puzzles me these days. First, they make a 4-for-1 trade that nets them just Jon Leuer, and now the team has traded leading scorer Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Memphis is firmly in the playoffs and while Gay will be paid a lot of money over the next two years, there was no reason at all to be trading him.
If you have a chance to be a deep playoff contender, you wouldn’t be trading away your best player even with the salary obligations on the way, right? It sounds very odd to me, and while Gay will continue being the solid player that he is in Toronto, Memphis may have made a serious error here. While it would appear that the Grizzlies are maybe the fourth or fifth best team in the Western Conference, how does anyone know what will happen until the games are actually played?
The Grizzlies are becoming a very difficult team to figure out, and this is just another one of those moves. We will all have to wait a few months to see how badly this affects Memphis in their playoff run, but this is not going to end well in my opinion. Toronto is a terrible team this year and even having Gay on the roster won’t get the Raptors to the playoffs. There must be something else going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about for this trade to happen. It will definitely cost Memphis though this season.