After months of speculation surrounding a potential trade involving Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, the team has finally pulled the trigger on a three team super trade which will see Gay head North to Toronto and join the Raptors. Over the past few months rumors have been spreading like wild fire about the potential for Gay in other franchises, and several clubs had raised their heads and considered themselves potential suitors. But this morning details emerged via Adrian Wojnarowski of Y! Sports of a deal involving the Raptors’ Jose Calderon and Ed Davis being traded to the Grizzlies in exchange for Gay and Hamed Haddadi but later introduced the third team involved in the trade. The Detroit Pistons, who have had very little luck acquiring quality talent recently, offered to send Tayshaun Prince and Austin Day to Memphis, who would route Calderon and Davis back to them thus leaving Memphis with two new players and a generous amount of cap relief. Dallas were thought to have entered into talks as the third team, but in the end were unwilling to trade away small forward Vince Carter. Detroit also clear nearly $25 million worth of cap space in the trade. The deal was signed off by the league at approximately 11.30AM (Aus) this morning.
Raptors GM Bryan Brian Colangelo had this to say about the trade and the acquisition of Rudy Gay:
“This is the type of deal we have been looking for to take our team another step forward. Rudy Gay is a dynamic wing that elevates our talent level significantly. We thank Jose and Ed for their dedication and service to our organization. Both are wonderful young men beyond just talented basketball players”
All players involved in the trade are yet to speak on the matter or report to their new teams, but we’ll keep you updated with any further developments.