Calderon is a good player but his contract is so large on the books that they are then really limited in addressing the hole at starting SF. Backup wings continue to be an issue as well as a lack of 3pt shooting.
This was always going to have to be a 3 or 4 team trade. Calderon and ED was never and will never cut it for Gay.
- Calderon becomes 1-year rental starting PG
- Anderson replaces Green as backup SF and provides 3pt shooting
- Acy provides PF depth on a depleted roster
- huge financial savings beyond this year, to help them rebuild when they decide to move on from Pierce & Garnett
- Davis & Sullinger provide good, young, cheap insurance behind Gasol & Randolph
- Arthur (or maybe even Randolph) becomes expendable to be used in a subsequent trade
- Green replaces Gay to compete with Pondexter for starting SF
- save approx. $4.5M this year
- Gay becomes legit starting SF and #1 scorer
- still have Bargnani/Amir at PF, Gay/DeRozan/Ross/Fields on the wings and Lowry/Lucas at PG
- could even trade 1 or 2 2nd round picks to Boston and/or Memphis, if need be, to further sweeten the pot
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=bdh6jkl (picks could be included)
And this is more realistic trade scenario:
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=bj7poqr (picks could be included)
In scenario #1 Davis could land to Boston and Arthur may go nowhere
I think any trade with Memphis needs to take in to consideration:
1) ability to improve moving forward i.e. cap space and luxury tax thresholds
2) Hollinger's numbers in the trade machine and PER - seriously.
When Woj is reporting, shit is real in my opinion.Quote:
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA
As for finding a spot for Calderon, yes, teams have interest in him. Yet how much are they willing to contribute to MEM-TOR in 3-way deal?
I would just let the other teams make the deal.... Gay should stay with Memphis. He gets along well with medical staff there.
I don't want to trade for a player that has not played 82 games in 3 seasons.
Gay has long history of injury, pair him with Lowry, and we are on the treadmill. We need someone who can handle the workload.
I also think you guys are crazy for taking what "Memphis" wants seriously, NO reputable team will give it to them for Gay.
He missed 10 games in 374 prior to his shoulder injury.
He has missed 3 games since (2 of which were for his grandmother's funeral and the other was one game last year).
Hey, if you are worried about the future fair enough but there is nothing in his past to make him an injury concern. 1 injury in 7 seasons is pretty impressive for an NBA player.
I remember hearing about concussions... his current FG% is of concern, as is Memphis's interest to shed him off their team. They know him best.
1) Lowry/TR/JV remains
2) DeRozan and Bargnani are moved - I'd rather pay Gay $18M for 2 years than Bargnani/DeRozan for 2/4 years.
To be honest I am not overly enthused by this deal or the rumours. Just talking about what the Twitterverse gives us.
I think his efficiency this year should be a concern. I know that concussions can have long term lasting damage on coordination, it actually gets worse as you get older. This sort of damage could easily show up in the FG% of the player and I am seeing warning signs when I look at the sudden drop this year, and Memphis shopping him.
The drop in his efficiency worries me. His PER is at 14.4 this year. That would rank him, 9th on our team (behind Alan Anderson).
I am not prepared to take this chance. Unless the asking price is seriously reduced.
I advocated considering a blockbuster this summer, along with trying to sign Nash, as an alternative to a full-on rebuild but I just can't get behind any half-ass plans like this one. To me, if you really want to win now, you have to do something similar to what Boston, Miami, the Knicks, Brooklyn have done recently. You can't just add Rudy Gay and hope for the best, which is what this feels like to me.