Perhaps I’m overreacting to the Memphis Grizzles trading Rudy Gay for Ed Davis and a bag of balls. I will admit that I’m a huge fan of Gay, and his skill set. So allow me to take off my Rudy Gay Heeman underwear and address this issue.
I was under the impression that Rudy Gay was an all-star small forward, and a player that you would want to build your team around. Not someone that you would trade for two below average NBA players. One of which (Jose Calderon) they don’t even want, and will probably dump in a couple games. I understand that the Grizzles are trading away salary to avoid the luxury tax. However after they traded Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they were under the salary cap for 2013. They could have held steady for the rest of the season, and traded Gay in the offseason. Instead they lampooned a potential Championship contender.
That’s right the Memphis Grizzles were championship contenders. With injures to the L.A. Clippers, the age of the San Antonio Spurs, and the Lakers floating into the abyss. The Memphis Grizzles were clearly the second best team in the west. Now you can argue that they wouldn’t have beat Oklahoma City, but anything can happen in the playoffs. However that doesn’t matter now. They traded away their leading scorer and no longer have a bench.
So good luck Memphis Grizzles fans. You’re going to need it.
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