Late Tuesday night, the Detroit Pistons put a trade proposal together for the Toronto Raptors, in effort to land their leading scorer, Rudy Gay. It was quickly given zero thought by the Raptors as they thought of it more as a ‘low-ball’ offer.
Nothing but resistance from Toronto so far on Pistons’ pitch to swap expiring contracts of Rodney Stuckey & Charlie Villanueva for Rudy Gay
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2013
I don’t understand why the Raptors wouldn’t take this deal. They aren’t going anywhere this season. They’ve already ridden themselves of the horrid contract that is Andrea Bargnani by sending him to the New York Knicks. Clearing even more cap space by taking on two expiring deals could put them in a great position in 2014.
Look at it this way: Toronto could have went from being in a terrible position for a few years having been wrapped up in both Bargnani’s deal along with Gay’s, to having quite a bit of cap space next summer.
Charlie Villanueva and Rodney Stuckey will both be free agents next summer and their contracts equal roughly $17 million off the books for the Raptors, almost identical to the contract of Gay.
Not doing this deal just keeps them in a worse off position, the way I see it. Why not take the deal and, like a lot of teams are speculated to do, tank in 2013 for a high draft pick in 2014 and receive the ability to go into next summer with a significant amount of cap space? I’m no general manager, but it makes sense to me.