Grizzlies face difficulties shopping Rudy Gay

1/18/13 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The interest the Memphis Grizzlies hoped to generate by placing Rudy Gay on the block has fallen far from what they initially projected. While the Memphis Grizzlies have been involved in talks with numerous teams, gaging their realistic interest in acquiring forward Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies are edging towards the conclusion that most NBA executives aren’t willing to part with significant pieces in this trade setup. So, the Memphis Grizzlies could be forced to sit out a potential trade for Rudy Gay until the offseason and instead try to explore other options such as putting Zach Randolph on the block instead.
Currently, the Memphis Grizzlies have players on the book for a combined $74,127,785. But with the league’s set cap room being at just over $70 million, the Memphis Grizzlies face the realistic possibility of getting hammered by the luxury tax.
Its more than likely that in trading Rudy Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies are looking for packages that include several role players on reasonable contract of marginal period with a draft pick possibly in the mix, rather than going after a star player with a hefty contract or promising talented rookie. That’s partly why Phoenix Suns’ Jared Dudley and Orlando Magic’s J.J. Redick have been rumored to be targeted in a possible trade by the Memphis Grizzlies. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal’s name briefly popped up on the Memphis Grizzlies radar but that rumor quickly died out, which goes to show that other team’s aren’t fond of the idea of trading an upcoming star player to acquire the 26-year-old Rudy Gay.
Other teams’ have also seemed hesitant to take on Rudy Gay due to his remaining contract. Rudy Gay is making $16,460,532 this season, which will bump to $17,888,932 and $19,317,326 the next two season. Rudy Gay will become a top-paid player in the league over that period and potential trade partners don’t believed he is worth burning the hole in their pocket.
To top it off, Rudy Gay is onto one of his worst season in the league. Rudy Gay’s averaging 17.7 points, 5.7 rebounds as well as 1.4 steals while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and shooting 31.2 percent on 3-pointers. Clearly, the stats show his production has dropped over the past two seasons.
While the Memphis Grizzlies (24-13) had greater success this season, sitting at the fourth place in the Western Conference, Rudy Gay’s numbers can hardly be contributed to his team’s success.
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