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Rudy Gay Trade Analysis - Jan. 31



Toronto Raptors Get: SF Rudy Gay, C Hamed Haddadi
Memphis Grizzlies Get: SF Tayshaun Prince, SF Austin Daye, PF Ed Davis, future second-round pick
Detroit Pistons Get: PG Jose Calderon

Why this makes sense for Toronto:

Since no big-name free agent will ever head north of the border via free agency, the Raptors need to be aggressive in the trade market. Rudy Gay gives them a star scorer to pair along Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in the backcourt, and it only cost the team free agent-to-be Calderon and the developing Davis. While Davis has been coming on as of late (14 ppg and 8 rpg in January,) Toronto needs some star power, which Gay kind of brings along with the remaining two years and $37 million on his contract (that's a lot of coin.)

With Gay, DeRozan, and rookie Terrence Ross (who was reportedly untouchable in this trade) on the wing, you have to wonder if the Raptors try to move DeRozan this offseason in hopes of landing an athletic big (which they ultimately traded away in Davis.)





Why this makes sense for Memphis:

The Grizzlies continue to trim payroll in hopes of getting under the luxury tax by saving about seven million dollars this season and a heck of a lot more than that for the next two years. Prince is a serviceable veteran small forward who doesn't score it like Gay, but brings experience, leadership, and intangibles to Memphis.

Davis will be a terrific asset off the bench to help replace what the team traded away last week in Marreese Speights. Daye is a salary throw-in and there is no way the Grizzlies extend the qualifying offer his way, meaning he will become a free agent this summer.

Memphis becomes a less dangerous offensive team after this deal, meaning guys like Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, and Mike Conley will have to pick up the scoring load a bit. Prince and Davis do provide some length and defensive ability that Gay lacked though, so expect some more grind it out affairs from the Grizzlies.




Why this makes sense for Detroit:

Calderon is a talented point guard, and the Pistons could use an upgrade in their guard depth but let's be honest - this was a salary dump. Trading Prince will save Detroit about $15 million over the next two years. Taken with addding Calderon to Corey Maggette, Jason Maxiell, Richard Hamilton (yes, he still counts for $5.5 against the team's cap space,) and Will Bynum; will work out to more than $36 million. That much coming off the Pistons' cap gives them some nice flexibility this offseason. (Assuming Joe Dumars doesn't blow that money on two average players like Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva as he did a few summers ago.)



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Connie 01-08-2014 11:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.85 (total posts: 1)
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Fell out of bed feeling down. This has bretghenid my day!
Livia 01-08-2014 05:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.84 (total posts: 1)
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Taking the oveirvew, this post hits the spot
Francisco 01-07-2014 03:55 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.225 (total posts: 3)
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Wow, looks amazing. I wish we had some awseome designers markets like that in Amsterdam more often.Have fun in Stockholm! I wish I would be able to come too, but I will be laying on the beach of Bali (not bad either).
Kaelen 01-07-2014 03:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx04.2 (total posts: 1)
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This looks like such a great place- I love seeing new deengisrs work and visiting degree end of year shows! Look forward to seeing the pieces you purchased and also the outfits up your sleeve for fashion week in Stockholm!call by sometime! Katie.xx
Bernardo 01-07-2014 03:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.225 (total posts: 3)
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Amit 01-07-2014 11:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx.225 (total posts: 3)
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I see how you can think it may seem like a tribute, but it's withuot context. Are you doing anthropological work in Native American cultures? If not than using a culture purely for aesthetics can be very very invasive. It's taking a piece of someone's culture and their history and making it into nothing more than a fancy headpiece.
Olga 01-07-2014 09:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 1)
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I think these photos are great! About the cutaurll awareness subject of the native american headdress- fashion is art, and with art comes controversy. Fashion always likes to push the boundaries for example, killing animals for their fur (which i am personally not into) but its something that can't be helped. People tend to be considerably sensitive these days and read into things looking for a subliminal message that may not have been intended for example; "The Cookie Monster" is now "the Vegie Monster", Noddy was banned because he slept in the same bed as Big Ears which promotes homosexuality, Ba Ba Black Sheep is now Ba Ba Rainbow Sheep. People need to be more accepting and understand that with time comes change.
Luciana 01-05-2014 11:13 am xxx.xxx.xxx.253 (total posts: 1)
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wearing this ring withhhh, some kilelr black skinnys, an over sized white tee, and black lace up wedges. very casual. I will forsure trot around with this baby on no worries :)Gorgeous piece !xx Lana
Yoga 01-05-2014 07:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx31.4 (total posts: 1)
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Sandra, these images are total tesreas! Can't wait to see what you've been up to!!! From the looks of it, I'm sure it's some sort of creative genius as only you can attest to!xo-JuliePeace. Love. LOL!
Justin 01-05-2014 07:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx32.4 (total posts: 1)
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What a beautiful way to start out the new year. Thank you for siahrng these awesome photos!Happy New Year! Much luck to you and yours.
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bonjour frane7oisencore superbe ces poohts come d\'habitude c\'est un vrai plaisir , par contre ton FB est inaccessible ainsi que twitter il me semble que tu as bloquer mon profil
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before. Check out Wahl 1902 pg 672. Goes on about hop pressing and hows its done. Also says that its not great and deecbirss a 'hop sparging apparatus' to use instead.
Riley 01-05-2014 05:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx.118 (total posts: 1)
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so gorgeous kaitna.i love the sweet bella and fab pretty paper :Dso sorry to hear about the anonymous nasty comment.i have had a few and now i`ve disabled anonymous commenting on my blog so they`ll have to show themselves if they want to do it again.xx coops xx
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Don't over worry the followers Katina, I have just lost anhoter and felt really upset, until a little bird told me that sometimes people just have a de-clutter and come back....I want to believe that....lol....I love your gorgeous card, so pretty....I'm a sticker by the way...lol...xx
Linda 01-05-2014 04:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.73 (total posts: 1)
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Wow! Katina these are gorgeous!! They look so csalsy and very yummy!!! I am positively drooling just looking at them!! LOL I Love all the little details - the flowers and butterflies look wonderful!!Hope you have a good week!Big Hugs Sue xx




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