Will Rudy Gay Mesh with Raptors?
The trade pairs Gay with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, both quality players in their own right, however, they are both shoot first, pass second players and while that works some of the time, without Calderon running their offense, the Raptors may suffer from lack of ball movement. Gay and DeRozan will have to learn to coexist on the court and complement each other on and off the court, building a rapport in order to make the on-court relationship work.
Lowry, a talented point guard that we all saw play very well with Houston a few years ago, will now jump into a starting role, trying to edge the Raptors back into the pathetic playoff picture at the bottom of the Eastern conference. It's almost, well, it is definitely laughable that a team of this caliber can have a shot at making the playoffs.
It weakens the road to the Finals for any of the top teams in the East ten-fold because the bottom half (5-8) of the playoff picture for the West is compiled of four talented teams who will assuredly give whoever they face a run for their money. At least some competitive fire.
The Raptors, as they currently stand at 16-30, are 6 1/2 games out of the 8th seeded Boston Celtics. They face the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow night and Gay may be taking the court for the first time as well - so don't expect too much out of the team right away.
All in all - this move won't help any teams on the court, but it will keep some money in the owners pockets.