If Rudy Gay gets traded tomorrow, fans all throughout Grizz Nation probably won't be surprised at all. Except Rudy Gay will.
In an interview with Andre Johnson of MemphiSport, Rudy Gay stated that he expects to be with the Memphis Grizzlies for the remainder of the season.
"As of right now, yeah, I do," said Gay, when asked if he believes he will finish out the season in Memphis. "I do. Nobody has said anything to me about it, so I do."
At this point amidst all of the rumors flying around, with the newest being that the Boston Celtics are highly interested in the small forward, there's really no way to indicate whether he's going to remain with the team or not.
And with his inconsistent play of late, fans around the Forum are starting to change the tune of the song they've sung for some time: they'd rather have the consistent role players than the struggling budding star.
But Rudy Gay gets why he'll be traded and he realizes it may have less to do with him as a player and more to do with the team's monetary situation.
"It’s going to keep happening," Gay said in assessing such trade discussions. "Because of our salary cap, someone has to go. I mean, I love playing with my teammates and (team officials) may find different ways (to reduce salary). But I guess the easiest target is me and it’s always been me, so I’m not worried about it. If that’s the way you want to do business, I guess that’s what you’ve got to do."
As of now, a trade won't be made. There are lots of players that won't be available for trade until Janurary 10th, but after that date, no one can predict what will happen.
If you ask me, I don't think Rudy's going to be moved. Messing with the core in what can be a pretty productive year if/when this offense picks it back up. And if you don't like what you see? Make a move in the offseason.
But for now, Rudy's here to stay and he seems set on getting this team back on the right track.
- Amid trade talks, Grizz star Rudy Gay expects to finish out the season in Memphis - Andre Johnson - MemphiSport