Perry Jones III
I agree with the idea that Gay should be the guy taking over in close games, but is he always asked to? Who knows.
"I won't shoot 5 for 19 again...." - DeFrozen (in theaters now)
I think Memphis is doomed with both Randolph and Gay.
Randolph is an alpha-dog (borderline selfish player when losing). He demands the ball and said as much very publicly after the series ended. He is also paid near max money.
Gay is paid max money. As long as he is paid max money the expectation among fans is going to be he should be giving max production.
I have no idea what went on in the huddles or what the strategy was but Gay looks to be in a lose-lose situation in Memphis in that if he is option 1, Randolph has a hissy-fit and the fans love Z-Bo but if he is option 2 he is a max player and now a world class bum in the eyes of fans.
Not to mention that the $16.5M that both Gay and Randolph make next year could very easily be used elsewhere in the roster to get a backup PG, back up PF, back up C, three point shooting, and scoring off the bench.
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I certainly wouldn't do it for Davis AND this year's lottery pick, because then BC would be left with very few options to improve the team, beyond upgrading DD for Gay. The trade would eat up 2/3 of the projected $12M cap space and there wouldn't be another lottery pick being added to the team. Suddenly the Raps would be left with about $4M in cap space and exceptions... all to add to a lineup consisting of:
PF: Bargnani, Amir
SF: Gay, Kleiza
I think Amir would need to be included instead of Davis, to preserve some cap space for the Raptors, while still saving Memphis a significant amount of cash over the next few seasons! It's the inclusion of this year's lottery pick, in addition to the three players, that makes me a little hesitant.
I know this is a bit naive but how much of a selling position is Memphis in? With all these max contracts, they are getting into luxury tax for a mid market team. They need cap space and not every team can give that to them. Are they just going to trade on max player for another and hope that creates the right mix without being able to add anyone else? And what other team is going to do that? I have no idea what that translates to but it does mean it might be an interesting couple of months. Money makes people do strange things
If the Raps had to include the #8 pick without unloading Amir's contract, I'd almost rather see them pursue a free agent like Batum or Mayo. I personally just think that DD, JJ, ED, the #8 pick and adding $8M of salary is quite the price to pay for Rudy Gay... almost too much, IMO.
I reacted to your remark "Do you see a problem with Rudy Gay regarding motivation and lack of assertiveness now?" because a lot of people in Memphis do see this problem and his outing in the 4th quarter of game 7 was another pile of wood on this fire.
So, in regard to your second sentence: I did not mention Bargnani or even refer to him. But what does this mean in regards to the comparison with Pau Gasol?
3 people voted Henson?!?
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