Ok, so I get kind of ill with all the "trade Rudy" talk.
At least once a week since June, I've come across a "Rudy Gay Trade Proposal" somewhere on the web. On some level I can understand these ideas, but I'm almost positive that none of them have ever been written by Grizzlies fans.
Call me sentimental, but I love having Rudy on this team. I remember how much promise he showed during his rookie season, and how he effortlessly eased into the star role once Pau Gasol was traded. I remember his game winning-shots and his moves that probably only 3 or 4 guys in the entire NBA are capable of. Most of all, I love the fact that this Grizzlies team has three guys on it that are stars (Zach) or are damn close (Rudy and Marc). That's why I get really irritated everytime I read somewhere that we ought to trade Rudy for James Posey and Paul George (I'm looking at you, Bill Simmons).
Fortunately, I think I have a solution. What follows is a comprehensive list of trade candidates for Rudy Gay for the 2011-2012 season. This list is divided into two categories: guys who I would trade Rudy for without a moment's hesistation and guys I would consider trading Rudy for. Next time, a non-Grizzlies fan uses Trade Machine to get Rudy to his team, I will simply refer them to this list.
Guys I would trade Rudy for:
Guys I would consider trading Rudy for
There you have it. If a player isn't on this list, I don't want to see Rudy and him in a Trade Machine Scenario. Anybody have someone to add to (or take off) the list?