The reason the Gay trade made sense was because we had already traded our first rounder for Kyle Lowry. Undoing both those moves, we would be in tank-mode like Philly, and would have possibly traded DeRozan (a la Evan Turner) this past deadline. So in that respect, I like where we're at now. But those who believe we should have tanked for the future may think otherwise, as not doing the Lowry + Gay trades would have put us in a prime position this season.
To give an example from another team, lets take Houston. Morey let Dragic go because he didn't want to give him a 4th year player option at 7.5 mil. He then signed Lin to a similar deal - 1 year shorter, a bit more per-year. He then went on and got Harden and Dwight. All of it was part of building a contender, and obviously he was very successful at it. But Rockets fans have a reason to wonder if letting Dragic go for Lin was a good decision. If they kept Dragic, they'd still have assets to get Harden, they'd still have space (even more of it) to sign Dwight, they'd be even more talented overall.
Similarly, I can like the Lowry trade but I can question the Gay trade.
Again, it's possible I simply misunderstood what he's saying.
The pickup of Gay always puzzled me, I mean I knew who Rudy was and wasn't a fan before they got him, but Jose was expiring and I understand why BC pulled the trigger. So he got a max-deal guy who everyone but Memphis knew wasn't deserving of a max deal, for a mid first rounder in Ed Davis who played second fiddle to Psycho-T in NC. Gay was always just a future trade chip, not sure I would have made the exact deal with Sac-town but with Rudy's contract baggage was gonna be hard to find a team desperate enough to take him off your hands. It's all a wash at this point. I'd take Patterson(and Hansbrough for that matter) backing up the 4 over Ed Davis though.
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Well seeing as how we have something to cheer about for the first time in years.. i'd say yes. that's like contemplating whether it was worth it to bid on that horse after it's already won the race. It's kinda of a silly question too because both deals were made by different GM's with different ideas on how to put together this team.
Ed Davis is very average and the amount of people still longing for him is mind boggling. 2pat has brought about a thousand times more to the table.
It was the right move to trade for Rudy Gay at the time, and we didn't give up anything of note to get him. Ed Davis looked to be on the verge of something good, but was it more just a product of being on a really bad team? If you look at what he's done since, I think the answer is a resounding yessiree bob.
Don't forget we also traded Bargnani and amnestied Kleiza, and exercised options for both Valanciunas and Ross.
The trade has obviously yielded a team that plays with better cohesiveness and that has resulted in improved play. It's obvious the trade was right move, both for the Raptors and the Kings.
Detroit traded Prince for Jose (basically) so we could have done that with the result being a better defender and cheaper....without giving up more assets.
Colangelo was a scrub and it was a bad trade. Also because we all knew DD and Gay weren't going to work together
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