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Rudy Gay in a Dubs jersey?

What’s this I’m hearing? Memphis putting Rudy Gay on the trade block? Apparently they want some more financial flexibility to keep OJ Mayo + Darrell Arthur (& Tony Allen for 2013-14), + they’re owner refuses to flirt with the the very notion of a Luxury tax threshold. This is sweat music to my ears……… and it should be to all Dubs fans. Why?
Gay is a borderline All-Star immediately & would also add to our appeal as a destination for aging establish vets in the coming years. He would also make us an instance force alongside our other 4 starters. The key to this possible scenario is not to give up one of our other prized assets (ie: our starters) otherwise we create other holes we would have trouble filling. If the Grizz are making noises like they don’t want him, I’m certainly keen to hear his price-tag. From the outset, let's face it, the centerpiece to this trade will be giving up picks - most notably our 7th.
The money side of things.
I know, I know…….. I hear all you saying “why the hell do we wanna take on another massive contract”, and one that runs all the way to 2014-2015 (another 3 yrs) at an average of 17.5 million per (wow!) Look at it this way though. If we dump at least one of our useless contracts to the Grizz such as Beans (Biedrins, 2 yrs at 9 million per) or RJ (Jefferson, 2 yrs average of 10.5 million per), then we are two-thirds of the way there from a maths perspective. I’d much prefer Beans to go at this stage, and I’ll discuss this from a Memphis angle when I mention teams needs below. We’d also definitely have to drop in Dorrell Wright (1 yr – 4 million) + our 7th pick (7th player contract costs an average of 2.5 million per year for 3 yrs) so that’s the salaries basically matched up. We will also lose D Wright at the end of next season via free-agency (for nothing), as no doubt he’s sick of hearing about how GSW are looking for a real small forward to start. It’s also of note that Memphis only have 1 draft pick this year (1st round, # 25, with no 2nd rounders) so they would be keen to grab at least one of our two second rounders too. They’d want our 35th pick but we could try & push our luck to on-send them the 52nd pick instead. But lets face it, we may need to give up both 2nd rounders or perhaps a future 2nd rounder instead.
Team needs (aka basketball reasons) This trade does make some sense for Memphis whom have a couple of large-ish holes to fill. Memphis are a woeful 3 point shooting team. They rank somewhere between 26-29th in the league in all the major three-point stats (overall shots taken, made & FG percentage). Dorrell Wright helps here instantly, even in a bench capacity (dare I suggest 6th man). Dorrell can light it up when given the space & is probably as close to a 3 point specialist as Memphis could get via a viable trade. D Wright made twice as many 3’s as Gay this year in 10 less minutes per game. He also did it at a much higher clip (36% vs 31%). Better three-point shooting would then free-up up Z-Bo, Marc Gasol & Mike Connely. If Memphis could land Harrison Barnes with our 7th pick, then he immediately takes on the starting 3 role with D Wright a capable back-up. As for where Biedrans comes into this…….. we all know he was a mere stiff for us this year, but perhaps if he slid-in behind Marc Gasol he could actually learn some things (& maybe even contribute – gulp). You see Memphis have no other centres on the books for next year with Speights a restricted free-agent (FA) and Haddidi a straight-up FA. So centre is a need. Unlikely they keep both Speights & Haddidi, so centre is a definite need. If Beans ends up being complete deadwood after year 1, then the Grizz could consider using their 1-time amnesty that they still have up their sleeve.
As for OUR team needs. Rudy Gay is long, hes a terrific rebounder at the 3 position, he can defend pretty well, he’s shown that he can hit clutch shots too. He possesses a rainbow J that he hits with a high degree of regularity, and he can also slash & get to the rim. He can also stretch his range to 3, but doesn’t camp out there as a 1-dimensional bomber (see RJ or D Wright whom do this regularly). He certainly would spread the floor, just like Klay & Curry, and give Lee / Bogut room to move.
So all in all…. The cost of Gay is where the decision making lies. He would cost us at least: our 7th pick + D Wright + Biedrens (& his contract) + a 2nd rounder (better make that 2). Worth it? Personally I think its worth it to gain a guy with Gay’s upside, despite the massive salary we take on. We also need to start winning NOW whilst Bogey & Lee are in their prime (both are nearin their latter 20's soon). Things will remain pretty tight on our books until we can get rid of both RJ & Beans salaries anyway. Once they are gone, we will have the flexibility (a little bit) to keep Curry should we want to (ankles dependent) & to see how Bogut pans out (he’s owed 2 more years before becoming a FA).
What do people think? Fire away………….

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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