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    Default Gay to debut for Raptors on Sunday [Post #727]

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-tr...e-will-he-land

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    Boy, have injuries complicated things for a team that has long kicked around the idea of acquiring Gay. Jose Calderon won Kyle Lowry’s starting job when Lowry got hurt, and Calderon’s expiring $11 million deal is an easy fit in almost any 2013 mega-trade — even if the Grizzlies already have Mike Conley logging heavy time at Calderon’s position. Andrea Bargnani isn’t a fit in Memphis, but injuries to Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas have made dealing one of the Amir Johnson/Ed Davis duo a bit dicier.

    Still: It’s easy to build a number of deals that get Memphis under the tax around Calderon and spare parts on either side. Whether Gay fits next to another non-shooter in DeMar DeRozan is a fair question, but the Raptors might be in that Milwaukee boat — unlikely to land a can’t-miss foundational star in free agency, and so willing to roll the dice on a “B” guy via trade.

    This also might be the ultimate litmus test for Memphis: If a Calderon-centric deal is ultimately the best one they can find ahead of the trade deadline, do they just keep Gay and try to slough off $4 million elsewhere — or just swallow hard and pay the tax?
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    Wow. Interesting stuff.


    I am torn on this but personally, I'd now say no to Rudy Gay if it was a straight trade between Toronto and Memphis (add 3 or 4 teams then things would change). Circumstances have most definitely changed in Raptorland since last season when a raging boner struck every time I thought of Rudy Gay joining the Raptor front line. In the past I thought of Gay being a great compliment to Bargnani and Bargnani being the Bargnani who briefly appeared to begin last season. Sadly, that Bargnani is M.I.A. and the Raptors are not the 'one wing removed' from being relevant I once thought they were. Given Gay's contract, the production DeMar is putting up (quite similar to Gay but half the price), Ross' emergence as a 3 point threat and defensive stopper, and the fact no one player is going to stop a LBJ or KD (i.e. team effort defense is needed), I'd just assume stay with what the Raptors currently have as the short term potential of adding Gay is about equal to the long term potential of sticking with DD and TR. Gay is a great player but I don't think he is a difference maker on this roster to get them out of the first round in future seasons and I don't think his addition is enough to overcome the loss of Calderon plus one of DD or TR to get them in to the playoffs this season. But then again, wtf do I know?


    Add multiple teams and Bargnani/Calderon part of the puzzle being sent out and welcome aboard Rudy!
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    Not sure why Cleveland is not included.

    They have over $9M in cap room, 7 draft picks over the next 3 seasons, a large expiring contract in Walton ($6M), and two very serviceable wings in CJ Miles and Alonzo Gee to step in and play.
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    Since Hollinger now works for Memphis there is no way they would take Bargnani in any deal and so that would leave Jose + someone like Amir/Ed/DeMar/Terrence. Not sure that's a good move for the long term especially since they would still have to trade Bargnani.

    If Gay could be had for Jose + Fields or Kleiza (plus second rounders) then definitely would do it.. but that's not going to happen especially since other teams can offer better packages (like Cleveland).

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    Ya surprisingly I'm going to say pass on Rudy gay for now. No way we get him without giving up Ross or derozan.

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