It's highly doubtful the Wizards give up on Porter before he really gets a chance. He's been injured and they'll bring him back slowly if they're smart. They don't really have much to offer beyond that. Ariza's expiring contract which covers about half of Gay's.
The Knicks have nothing to offer. Really.
I'm sure Gay could bring back decent value. The thing is a lot of people would love to get an extra pick for this upcoming draft, which doesn't seem likely with Gay. I'm sure a future first, like what Bargs brought back, would be fully gettable. We should all also remember that Bargs brought back 2 guys whose contracts the Raptors had to eat, and Novak, who while a great shooter, is not very good at anything else.
Definitely expect more for Gay, but not sure quite how much better. I think a lot depends on how much Ujiri values getting expiring contracts. Would he be willing to take on some long-term money if it means getting better young players and/or picks? Or will he prioritize clearing some space, and settling for taking fewer/riskier young players/picks?
1. Bucks were burned last year giving up assets for a 3 month rental. Do they go there again?
2. What do the Knicks have that could possibly interest the Raptors and add up to $12.88M?
3. Porter has yet to play a game. Who else is traded to makeup numbers as per CBA? Webster and Ariza have been playing fantastic at fractions of cost.
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After Bargnani last year and Gay this year, can our next "top option" pleeeeease have some efficiency to his game?
I've decided the following and I expect you all to agree...or else...
1.) Rudy Gay is producing at a 10 - 11 million dollar rate
2.) Rudy Gay needs to adapt his game to that of point forward.
3.) Rudy's statline with his corrected contract should read as 13 - 15 pts, 8 - 10 rebounds, 5 - 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and Pippenesque defense.
4.) Rudy Gay is a 2nd option. He would be far more efficient if his role was clearly defined. He is a 2nd option getting All Star money.
Honestly though, I don't see a change like that in Rudy's game unless he were teamed up with a superstar who demanded that role out of him and held him accountable. Think Spurs, Heat, or KG-Celtics.
Clearly Rudy doesn't respect his current teammates or coach much.* As long as he thinks he's the best thing to happen to the 2013/14 Raptors, he's gonna keep playing this way.
*See recent comments re: benching.
So much has been made of Lebron and Melo going to LA with Kobe.... But I can easily see Rudy and Melo joining forces with Kobe in the D'antoni system... It would be the kind of situation Rudy needs and he will thrive in... If LA can find a way to dump Nash's salary... I can see them making a push for something like this to happen... Also, Bosh and Rudy to LA is also a possibility.
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