Grizzlies cut ties with Gay

Rudy Gay

The first major trade in the NBA has happened and it involved the Grizzlies leading scorer Rudy Gay. The trade was a three team trade involving the Grizzlies, Pistons and the Raptors. In the trade the Toronto Raptors obtained Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi, the Pistons received Jose Calderon and the Grizzlies obtained Tyshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye.

The Grades

Memphis Grizzlies: B-

It was a move that had to be done or the Grizzlies were going to be in cap hell next year, I like Rudy Gay but he is not a max player and he was not playing like it this year. They added a improving player in Ed Davis, a player who is going to replace Rudy Gay with Tyshaun Prince and folks he is not the same Tyshaun Prince from 2004 and Austin Daye gives them depth. This trade does not eliminate them from championship contention but it does hurt them, this was a cap move and they got some decent players in return.

Toronto Raptors: B

Rudy Gay was the best player in this trade and thats why the raptors get a B, the reason why the Raptors do not get higher is because this is their team for the next 3 years. They have a lot of money tied up in Lowry, Fields, Gay, and Bargnani. I like the move they made they will compete for a playoff spot next year and the following years with this trade but this trade does not make them Championship contenders and they do not have wiggle room anymore.

 Detroit Pistons: B

The Pistons get a quality player in Calderon who will now be the backup PG behind Brandon Knight. I think Calderon is one of the most underrated players in the NBA but he does not move the needle for the Pistons. Its just sad that the last piece of the NBA championship team in 2004 is now gone in Tyshaun Prince

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