— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) January 8, 2013
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Memphis Grizzlies had shopped small forward Rudy Gay throughout the league and Marcus Thompson II has reported this morning that the Golden State Warriors had preliminary discussions about a deal and although there's "nothing there" he noted that The Logo is particularly interested.
Warriors executive board member Jerry West, formerly the Grizzlies’ general manager, is high on Gay. And with Andrew Bogut’s return uncertain, the Warriors could use another dominant player.
But Memphis is looking to cut salary, which means they want young players, expiring contacts or draft picks. The Warriors have several young players, but no expiring contracts and no picks to trade.
As Thompson reported, any deal for Gay's contract would like have to involve Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson so Memphis apparently said thanks, but no thanks and moved on. Of course, Rudy Gay has been linked to the Warriors since the summer and we've already had this discussion around GSoM as well as with SB Nation's Grizzlies site Straight Outta Vancouver.
Thompson suggests that talks could start again if Gay is still in a Memphis uniform around the trade deadline, but has anything changed to make this deal more desirable now than it was this offseason? Other than drafting a player with the #7 pick who was a comparable draft prospect statistically to Rudy Gay? Or having concrete evidence that this roster is a playoff contender without Andrew Bogut in the lineup?
Consensus around here was that a deal wasn't worth it then and consensus over at SOV seemed to be that Biedrins wasn't worth it. So it's not clear that this would go anywhere.