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.
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
The end of an era
It only feels like yesterday, when the big 4 formed in Boston, three all time greats in Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce all in search for their first ring joined a little known point guard out of Kentucky (Rajon Rondo), to create one of the best teams in NBA history. Six years later it seems like you can finally write the obituary on the Boston Celtics Era (2008-2013)
Now that Rondo has torn his ACL, the chances of the Celtics winning the championship are slim to none, even making the playoffs are now in question because their best player has went down with a season ending injury. Now thinking of it the big 4 might have brought the Boston Celtics a championship but it might have set them back 10 years of having another chance at one. Ray Allen has joined the Miami Heat, Kevin Garrnett is a “all star” this year but only because the fans voted for him. Paul Pierce is in the last year of his contract but are the Celtics really going to let go of one of the greatest Celtics of all time. Rondo was the only player on the Celtics that had any trade value and now he is hurt. There bench and role players are also not that impressive, Jason Terry is on his last leg in the NBA, Chris Wilcox is a career journeyman, Jeff Green coming off heart surgery. The success the Celtics had last year might of caused them to give it one more try because now they have KG under contract and a lot of their role players are now under contract. The upcoming future does not look bright for the Celtics.
Time to cut ties
I hate to say it but it is time to blow it up, the first thing I would do is look to get rid of KG. I love KG one of the greatest and intense players to ever play the game, he is the Ray Lewis of basketball. KG has a no trade clause so the Celtics would either have to trade KG to a contender or the Timberwolves (his former team), if I was the GM you call the Thunder. The Thunder do have some good players in the post in Ibaka and Perkins but they do not have that scoring threat that makes other teams fear. I would trade KG and Barbosa to the Thunder for Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Nick Collison, Thabeet and Eric Maynor. If the Celtics have to get younger and this trade does that. Then I make a call to the Grizzlies, trying to trade Paul Pierce and Fab Melo for Rudy Gay. If these trades are made you can build around a core of
C: Draft a Center
Like Doc Rivers said if you want to say they are done, do it but Doc is not willing to quit on this team and you never know