Memphis Grizzlies Trading Rudy Gay To Toronto Raptors
When someone figures out what in the world is going on in Memphis please let us know. The second place Grizzlies, the 29-15 Grizzlies, the title contending Grizzlies, are trading away their team.
First the Grizz dealt a valuable piece in Marreese Speights along with two other players to the Cleveland Cavaliers. That deal helped Memphis get under the salary tax threshold. However, now the Grizz are in the process of dealing off their leading scorer, Rudy Gay, to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis.
Memphis is said to be a short term home for Calderon who is being shopped to two other teams, that being Detroit and Dallas. Also heading to Toronto is center Hamad Haddadi.
The Grizzlies, on one hand, solve a problem in fixing their salary situation long term. The Grizz have max or near max salaried players in Mike Conley Jr, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph.
On the flip side, the Grizzlies are a contender for a title and you have to wonder how this trade will go over in that locker room. Will it be seen as a white flag? Memphis certainly isn't the favorite in the Western Conference, but they have a solid core and some nice players coming off the bench including Darrell Arthur who was also mentioned in trade rumors.
Reaction from players after the Speights deal were mostly understanding of the salary and tax issues. You have to wonder if players will be as understanding with the trading of their leading scorer.