With the recent trade that sent swingman Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, The Grizzlies are clearly looking after for their financial flexibility in the long term.
Let's face it, Big 3 scenarios are turning obsolete.
Just right after losing to the Miami Heat in last season's NBA Finals, James Harden was traded to the Rockets as the Thunder looked for a way to not get over the salary cap. The Grizzlies did the same by first, shedding contracts via a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers which eventually led to this trade.
Before trading Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies are primed to make a run in the Western Conference with their own Big 3 intact (along with bigmen Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol) and could afford to ship him during the summer but apparently, winning right now is not the main priority of the front office.
The Grizzlies are not like the Lakers, the Knicks, or other big market teams that can afford to pay luxury tax and go over the cap. In fact, with the situation that the Heat are in right now having their Big 3 cover most of the player salaries until 2014, they might think about breaking up the gang at some point to avoid so-called, "cap hell". As time will go on, other teams (not only in the small markets) might consider doing these kind of moves to avoid being under the tax threshold.
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