The Toronto Raptors really shook up their front office in this current NBA off-season. After letting Bryan Colangelo, they brought in the reigning NBA Executive of the Year in Masai Ujiri in as their new general manager. With the job Ujiri did building the Denver Nuggets into a force in the Western Conference, the Raptors are expecting the same type of transformation.
One of the big moves that has already been discussed and rumored as of late is a trade that would send Rudy Gay, who just arrived in Toronto via trade this past season, to another team. No rumors have really gained traction and it’s unknown whether that deal will actually take place this off-season.
However, one of the things that can’t be forgotten is the fact that Ujiri is not afraid to trade away a high-profile player in the interest of building a team in his vision. After all, this is the man that traded away Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets soon after arriving in the front office of Denver.
In 33 games with the Raptors last season, Gay averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. Gay only shot 42.5 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from three while with Toronto. He gave the team a bit of energy surrounding his arrival, but his inefficient offense proved to be a real hindrance in the team taking a step forward.
Ujiri is a GM that is all about taking the next step forward. If he feels that Gay is keeping this Raptors team from doing that, he won’t hesitate to find a deal that will send Gay out of Toronto. Moreover, with DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross on the Raptors roster right now in addition to Gay, they really have three players with pretty redundant skill-sets.
There’s no telling whether or not Gay will be traded at this point. However, the fact of the matter is that Ujiri has a plan and he will make any move that helps him execute that plan. If he feels Gay isn’t part of that plan, he won’t think twice about trading Gay. Because of that, don’t be shocked if Gay doesn’t end up suiting up for Toronto next season.