MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 02: O.J. Mayo #32 and Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies defend Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 2, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
It's no secret that Rudy Gay is being made available this summer on the trade market, though I do think the idea that it's a cost-cutting move might be a bit overstated. Sure, Gay is owed $53 million over the next three seasons, but I don't think the Grizzlies are looking to move him for the sake of saving a few bucks. This team is built to win now and moving Gay in a cost-cutting deal might save some bucks in the long-term but it could end up hurting them in the "now."
Obviously a team like the Nets has plenty of cash to spend this summer, so any deal with them wouldn't require a dollar-for-dollar-ish player and asset exchange. In the case of the Warriors and Magic, who are also said to be interested in Gay, that would be a different story. It's likely that in a deal for Gay we'd have to take back a Hedo Turkoglu or Andris Biedrins in order to get some valuable assets. Thus, really, cutting cost over the final two years of Gay's deal, but not necessarily this season. And when you think about taking Biedrins in order to get the No. 7 pick in this year's draft, I'm not sure how that helps us win now.
Several executives believe that Memphis could to trade Gay in a cost-cutting move since the team wants to re-sign restricted free agents O.J. Mayo, Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur after already giving long-term deals to Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley.
The cost-cutting we discussed, but I'm shocked to see that the Grizzlies might look to cut costs in order to bring back Mayo. Speights and Arthur I can see, but Mayo? I wonder where this information is coming from, especially after Mayo stated just weeks ago that he wants to "go somewhere" where he can "play point guard."
Yeah, that's not going to happen here. And especially after his stumble in the 2012 playoffs, along with the Grizzlies history of wanting to move him over the last three seasons. It's been no secret that they've wanted him gone. And as I've mentioned many times before, the price tag for Mayo is probably going to be a bit more than they're going to want to spend on a good, not great sixth man.
There's a lot to read into here, but I think the biggest takeaway is that the Grizzlies are probably going to actively pursue deals for Gay, probably not specifically as a cost-cutting measure (though if they can cut salary and get MarShon Brooks in return from the Nets....), and I highly doubt any Gay deal will result in the Grizzlies re-signing Mayo.
I just can't believe that they'd want to bring Mayo back.