Toronto, Memphis and Detroit complete Rudy Gay trade

Posted: 01/30/2013 by levcohen in Basketball

In breaking news, Rudy Gay has been traded to the Raptors as part of a three team deal that includes, among others, Gay and Jose Calderon. Time to break down the deal:

Toronto:
Trades Jose Calderon and Ed Davis for Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi. This is a good trade for the Raptors, as they solved their point guard logjam and picked up the best player in the deal. Gay’s contract is cumbersome, and the small forward is over payed and probably overrated, but he will immediately become Toronto’s star. They probably didn’t want to trade Davis, who can become a solid role player or starter, but they still have Amir Johnson, Andrei Bargnani and the promising rookie Jonas Valanciunas down low. They have created a bit of a logjam at the SG/SF positions. DeMar Derozan and Gay are slotted to start right now, but Alan Anderson was playing well and Terrence Ross has shown immense talent. Both will now be buried in the depth chart. Overall, Toronto probably will win 2-3 more games than they would have before the trade, but trading an expiring contract in Calderon and a young player in Davis for an expensive few years of Gay might prove costly (pardon the word usage).

2012/13 grade: B+
Grade for the future: C

Memphis:
Trades Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi for Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye
I don’t really like this trade for Memphis. They were supposedly trying to get a shooter for Gay and I don’t think Prince or Davis can be considered a shooter. Their starting lineup got considerably weaker with Prince in there instead of Gay but their bench got a boost as Davis should be their 6th man and could get 20-25 minutes in relief of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Daye has played just 24 games this season and is playing just 14 and a half minutes per game. He is not a game changer. Their bench improved and they will slip under the salary cap for next season, but this was a team that was geared to win this season. I’m not sure they can anymore.

2012/13 grade: D+
Grade for the future: B-

Detroit:
Trades Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye for Jose Calderon
Detroit is the third wheel in this trade, and they also traded for cap space. They gained Calderon’s expiring contract and dealt Prince, who has two more years of 7+ million dollars. Daye also has one more year a 4 million dollars. At point guard the Pistons already had Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, but both of them can also play SG. Still, this has to be a bad thing for one or both of them. I think the Pistons want to land some quality FA’s this year so clearing 12 million in next year’s cap will help them.

2012/13 grade: B
Grade for the future: A-

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