Trade winds will continue to circulate throughout the winter and up until the February 20, 2014 trade deadline for this NBA season and Rudy Gay will be among plenty of those rumors. The Toronto Raptors are looking to move Gay as he will be a free agent at the end of this season and is not going to remain in Canada beyond this year. Among possible options are the Los Angeles Lakers as they have a possible trade piece in the Canadian-raised Steve Nash who happens to call Toronto his hometown.
Rudy Gay is a versatile scoring threat that has the size and athletic ability to get into the paint and is still a threat from beyond the arc. Small forward is a position the Lakers are struggling to find a consistent starter in as Coach Mike D’Antoni has changed the starting lineup multiple times. Players like Nick Young and Xavier Henry have both tried and struggled at their chances to prove their worth. Gay would be an immediate boost in talent to the Lakers starting squad and allow the bench — currently averaging 58 points a game early into the season — to continue to offer a nice scoring burst as the starters take their rest. Gay would also relieve pressure from Kobe Bryant once he returns from injury, which is probably only a few weeks away.
Beyond sending an ineffective Nash away for a valuable piece that will help the Lakers chances this season, Gay becomes a free agent at the end of this year. This is exactly what the Lakers are looking for to free up an immense amount of salary cap for the star-studded 2014 free agency. If Gay fits in in Los Angeles, the Lakers will have plenty of salary cap space to make him an offer to stay as well.
Either way it would be a win-win to see Rudy Gay head to Hollywood.
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