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Posted January 30, 2013 - 04:26 PM

Welp.. we still got Smith tho

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 04:34 PM

It says on NBA.com now..it's official.

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 04:38 PM

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 04:47 PM



This guy is happy now lol

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 04:48 PM

Raptors commentator saying it's not official as of yet so...Raptors playing with 8 players tonight.

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 05:05 PM



This guy is happy now lol


Noooooo, not this guy!!!!

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 05:19 PM

I wonder if he will stay in Toronto.

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 05:21 PM

The Raptors team was making a big push recently with a small winning streak now with rudy gay and Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry they could be VERY scary team

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 05:32 PM

Looks like Bargnani coming back for em next week too. We'll see how it goes, good to see another East team get a little better.

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 05:51 PM

I wonder if he will stay in Toronto.


I hope he likes ice hockey and free healthcare.

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 05:52 PM

Coming from a Pistons fan and Detroit native, I'm very pissed right now. Joe Dumars is pulling Darko moves again. We have Knight and Will Bynum. Why take Jose???
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Posted January 30, 2013 - 06:00 PM

Looks like it's going to be official

Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto in the latest and most dramatic move in the Memphis Grizzliesmakeover, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.The Grizzlies agreed to trade their star swingman to theRaptors on Wednesday, parting with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in the deal, and another person familiar with the negotiations said the Grizzlies were in discussion with the Detroit Pistons to swap Calderon for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.

The moves surprised many around the league, including Calderon.

''It's been my home for eight years,'' Calderon said in Atlanta, shortly before leaving the arena. ''I've done everything possible for this team. It's tough. The fans have been with me since Day 1. It's tough.''

Prince and Daye were both listed as inactive for the game against the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday night, but a Pistons spokesman decline to comment.

Gay, averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, signed a five-year, $82 million maximum contract in July 2010 with Memphis. The 6-foot-8 small forward is due $16.5 million this season with $37 million more over the next two years. That's a big number for new owner Robert Pera, who took over the franchise last November and has quickly started addressing the team's salary situation.


Just over a week ago, the Grizzlies sent valuable reserve Marreese Speights and two other players to Cleveland in a move that cleared $6.4 million in salary and avoided a $4 million luxury tax hit this season. Team officials said that move put the Grizzlies in position not to have to make a move this season.

Memphis coach Lionel Hollins had been lobbying to keep his five starters together the rest of this season, but he apparently lost that fight. It's a significant move for a team that was fourth in the Western Conference and three games behind the third-place Clippers.

''Wow,'' Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley tweeted.

Trading away Gay also eases a luxury tax hit due next season, while concentrating the team around center Marc Gasol and All-Star forward Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies had their best playoff run in 2011 when they knocked off then-No. 1 seed San Antonio before losing to Oklahoma City in seven games in the Western semifinals - all with Gay on the bench after needing season-ending shoulder surgery.

''Wow that was 1 crazy trade today,'' Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins tweeted. ''Are you serious Rudy Gay is right there under KD, Lebron, Kobe, and Melo. (hashtag)badtrade.''

They do run the risk of upsetting the chemistry on a tight-knit group, even if there were some questions of how Gay's scoring fit in with the ball-dominant frontcourt of Gasol and Randolph.

But there may be more deals like this one coming in the new NBA economy.


The collective bargaining agreement negotiated after last year's lockout makes the penalties for exceeding the salary cap far more punitive, and the system begins in earnest next season. Playing in a smaller market, the Grizzlies don't have the extra revenue from lavish television contracts like teams in Los Angeles or New York, which makes it that much more difficult to go over the cap. But even teams such as the Lakers and Bulls will likely have to be more responsible with their spending under the new deal, where repeat offenders are taxed at rates that multiply with each consecutive year they go over the cap.

All told, the Grizzlies will save nearly $40 million over the next three years after the two trades.

They'll get a hard-nosed defender in return in Prince, the 32-year-old forward who was the last holdover from the proud Pistons championship team in 2003-04. He is averaging 11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season.

Calderon joined the Raptors from Spain in 2005 and has been a fan favorite and trusted veteran on the team. He is averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 assists this season for the Raptors (16-29), who are desperately trying to scratch their way into the playoff picture. Toronto was in 11th place before the games were played Wednesday, but still only 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for the eight seed.

Calderon and Davis had both been starting for the Raptors, but they do have Kyle Lowry waiting in the wings at point guard and likely see Gay's scoring punch as the key to vaulting back into the discussion in a mediocre conference.

Coach Dwane Casey will have to deal with a bit of a log jam with Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson as wing players with similar skill sets. But getting a player with Gay's natural scoring talent, even at the expense of parting with a valued player like Calderon, proved too enticing to pass up.

''Hopefully this team is back to the playoffs as soon as possible,'' Calderon said.


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Posted January 30, 2013 - 06:03 PM

I hope he likes ice hockey and free healthcare.


It's a pretty good combo, just saying,

Coming from a Pistons fan and Detroit native, I'm very pissed right now. Joe Dumars is pulling Darko moves again. We have Knight and Will Bynum. Why take Jose???


Like a previous poster stated, it's most likely because he's an expiring contract, you'll have nice cap space for next year. And Jose is a great professional, he can mentor Knight for the time being.

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 06:36 PM

The Raptors team was making a big push recently with a small winning streak now with rudy gay and Demar Derozan and Kyle Lowry they could be VERY scary team


They might make the playoffs but they aren't gonna scare anyone once they make it haha.

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 06:42 PM

"Why didn't you draft me in the first place?" - Rudy Gay to Raptors GM via phone conversation :laughing:

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 07:15 PM

Wow lol

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Posted January 30, 2013 - 11:49 PM

The Raptors could be VERY scary team

Better certainly, but nowhere close to scary muchless VERY as you put it.

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Posted January 31, 2013 - 09:05 AM

haha saw this out on the inter-web... "if only Minnesota and Charlotte got involved in this gay love triangle. gay love sessions daye and knight would have been the best starting 5 ever."

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Posted January 31, 2013 - 11:28 AM

Going to be interesting to see who the Raptors this off season. Lowry and Gay is a great start to a good core.

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Posted January 31, 2013 - 12:22 PM

Poor Rudy Gay - relegated to NBA perdition.




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