After Rudy Gay being placed on the trading block several weeks ago the Memphis Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors have finally agreed on a three team trade.
Here is a breakdown of the trade:
Grizzlies receive: Ed Davis (from the Raptors), Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye (from the Pistons).
Pistons receive: Jose’ Calderon (from Raptors via Grizzlies)
Raptors receive: Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddidi (from the Grizzlies).
The Grizzlies – Rudy Gay signed a five year 82 Million Dollar deal on July of 2012, 53 million of which he is still owed. Between Gay and Randolph the two are owed a combined total of over $35 million throughout the 2013/14 season and this is ultimately what lead to the Grizzlies chasing a trade for Rudy Gay. Ed Davis is a young (23) and talent 6’10 forward who will embrace the role of recently traded Marreece Speights and Tayshaun Prince is just the type of veteran talent that Hollinger says “puts a lot of teams over the top”. Both Ed Davis and Prince hold better PER that Rudy Gay and both will help the Grizzlies, with Prince expected to enter the starting line up. A concern for the Grizzlies is the fact that they are loosing their leading scorer.
The Pistons – Although the Pistons look to have lost out in this trade it was Calderons 10.5 million dollar expiring contract that attracted the Pistons to the deal. The Pistons are setting to be an extremely active team in the 2013/14 free agency period and with the possibility of clearing up to $26 million dollars in cap space it is easy to understand why. Multiple players now hold expiring contracts for the Pistons with the previously mentioned Calderon as well as Maggette, Maxiell, Bynum as well as now not having to give Daye a qualifying offer in the 2013/14 season. The Pistons may suffer in the short term, although if they make moves and land free agents it may become a solid long term move.
The Raptors – The Raptors went 5-2 with Kyle Lowry running the point until his unfortunate injury this season. Since then Calderon has had the starting spot although some would argue the loss of Calderon isn’t a significant one. Adding Rudy Gay to this line up will benefit the Raptors on both ends of the floor, with averages of 17ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3stlpg. Unfortunately the Raptors are not yet a ‘contender’ and the fact that they have taken on a contract as large as Rudy Gays could be a concern that may haunt them in future years.
Summing the three team trade up the question still remains ‘who got the best of it?’
If we look at the instant win-loss record it would be hard to argue that the Raptors will not be the biggest beneficiary, however only time will provide the true answer to this question. Until then, question marks will remain.
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