Nicely done sir. +What prospect at #8 is better than Gay right now and what prospect is guaranteed to ever put up 20 points per game?
What free agent is available that is better than Rudy Gay?
What free agent is available this year that is a definite to sign with a team that has been one of the jokes of the league the last 4 years?
What impact free agent is available that the Raptors would not have to grossly over pay for?
By the Raptors 'wasting' 2 assets to get Gay they save 2 other assets in the TPE and MLE. Those two assets could also yield impact veterans - and maybe another lottery pick if rumours are true.
I'm talking total crazy here now but here I go:
What if Toronto acquired Gay/25. Acquired Ariza and #10. Traded DeMar/25/37/56 to Phoenix for #13. What if Toronto traded Ariza/10/13 to Sacramento for Garcia/5? Probably not possible but just an illustration of the flexibility Toronto still has even if trading for Gay.
Acquiring Gay hardly handcuffs the Raptors. If Gay brought the Raptors to the luxury tax, then yes, I would most definitely be questioning the wisdom. But he doesn't. He takes the Raptors to the soft cap leaving them with $12M in room before hitting the luxury tax.