Where Will Rudy Spend Christmas?

Posted on October 26, 2013 | No Comments

No, this isn’t a way-too-early puff piece about Rudy Gay showing up on Christmas morning at some lucky fan’s house.

When Grantland’s Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose previewed the Raptor’s season, one of the things they agreed on was that Gay’s days in Toronto were numbered. Now this wasn’t exactly a revolutionary thought. Numerous publications, both in Canada and the US, had already wondered aloud whether Gay would make it to the trade deadline without changing his address.

This also isn’t a column about whether or not the Raptors should trade Rudy Gay. Either they will or they won’t, and, in the end, the decision rests with Masai Ujiri. If Ujiri does end up trading Gay, then it’s likely it will be before Christmas. And if he is traded, then it’s not going to be so they can make a run for the playoffs and waiting too long to trade him might give the team too many wins, a problem if you’re trying to get a high pick.

So when Rudy Gay wakes up on Christmas morning, where are the likely places that will be?

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TORONTO

When the Raptors traded for Rudy Gay, the hope was that he would be able to bring the Raptors the respectability the franchise has lacked for most of it’s 18 year existence. While he didn’t live up to many’s expectations, he is still one of the best small forwards the franchise has ever had and one of the best players on the current roster.

Right now, the Raptors are at a crossroads and no one, possibly not even Ujiri, knows where they will be going. Keeping Gay would be a signal that the team wants to compete right now and make a push for the playoffs. Trading him would most likely signal a full rebuild and a move to try and get a high pick in the vaunted 2014 draft.

WHY TORONTO WILL KEEP HIM

There are two reasons that Ujiri might keep Gay. The first is if the Raptors make it through their tough early schedule  with their head above water. The second is if he can’t actually find anyone who will take him.

In the twenty six games before Christmas, the Raptors will face the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls twice, as well as the Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors. That’s nearly half their games against contending teams, seven of which are on the road. And many of the rest of the games are against teams that will most likely be in the playoff hunt at the end of the season, such as the Dallas Mavericks (away), Atlanta Hawks (away), Portland Trailblazers, Washington Wizards, and Milwaukee Bucks (away).

And while they do have a few games against teams that are tanking or might as well be (Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte and Boston), the majority of those games are on the road.

If the Raptors are at or above .500 by Christmas, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gay still in a Raptor uniform when Toronto heads on the road to New York to play the Knicks in their first post-Christmas game.

Even without a great start, no one really knows how much trade value Gay has or even if any team wants to take on his massive contract. It’s possible no one will, and Ujiri may have to keep Gay and figure out how to rebuild without trading him.

WHY TORONTO WILL TRADE HIM

Take another look at the schedule of the Raptors in their first twenty six games? It’s brutal. Whether or not they trade Gay, the team will be lucky to have double digit wins by Christmas, and a 7-19 start is very plausible. That would be the same record after 26 games as last season, and no one wants a repeat of last season. Tim Lieweke didn’t get rid of Bryan Colangelo and hire Ujiri just to see more of the same. Even if the Raptors win a few more games, that’s a deep hole to be digging yourself out of, and a poor start might just be the cover Ujiri needs to blow the team up, starting with Gay.

More importantly, it’s not a secret that a lot of fans would love the idea of the Raptors drafting Andrew Wiggins. Even just the possibility of it should allow Ujiri some breathing room for a rebuild.

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN TORONTO: 15%*

CLEVELAND

When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami, their owner, Dan Gilbert, famously predicted that the Cavs would win a Championship before the Heat would. That obviously didn’t happen, but after three years of top 5 picks (4 in three years) the last thing they want is to return to the lottery. They have their franchise player in Kyrie Irving, and a lot of young talent around him, so this could be the year the Cavs return to prominence.

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

They have Kyrie Irving at PG, Dion Waiters at SG, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett at PF, Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bynum at center and Earl Clark at SF. Notice a dropoff there? Cleveland’s biggest weak link right now is their SF position and Gay would be a massive upgrade.

While there are some that still think that LeBron James may return to Cleveland, that’s looking more and more like a pipe dream. Gay Isn’t LeBron, but he’s probably as close as they can get and he’ll make them a better team. Plus, if Cleveland has some success in the playoffs, it’s likely they can entice Gay to re-sign with them.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE

- Anderson Varejao and his $9.1 salary with only a team option next season.

- Tristan Thompson and his rookie contract.

- Anthony Bennett and his rookie contract.

- Cleveland has all their own first round picks, as well as Sacramento’s protected pick (top 12 in 2014, top 10 in 2015 and 2016 and then it becomes a second round picks, 56-60 protected ??).

- Andrew Bynum and his $12 million salary which is only partially guaranteed will become available on December 15th.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO CLEVELAND TRADE

Because a player such as Varejao or Bynum would have to be included in order to match salaries, a third team will most likely be have to brought in since it would make little sense for the Raptors to take back either of those players.

Rudy Gay and Kenneth Faried to Cleveland Anderson Varejao and DeMar DeRozan to Denver and  Anthony Bennett, Wilson Chandler, Andre Miller, Evan Fournier, as well as Cleveland’s 2014 pick and Sacramento’s pick (via Cleveland) to Toronto.
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=mgbxc7w

This deal gives Toronto a couple of prospects, including hometown hero, Anthony Bennett, as well as a couple of first round picks. They also receive a couple of veterans who could be moved later, in Chandler and Miller.

Cleveland becomes a sure-fire playoff team, with depth and talent at every position.

Denver gets some interior defense, in Varejao, which they sorely lack, as well as a replacement for the departed Andre Iguodala, in DeMar DeRozan. Denver may need more in order to agree to the deal.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

Right now, Cleveland is projected to have major cap room next summer, should they wish it (they would have to waive Bynum and not pick up Varejao’s team option), and risking that to trade for Gay and his huge salary might not be the smartest move. Plugging the hole at small forward might also not be necessary if Bennett is able to play that position.

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN CLEVELAND: 20%*

Detroit

When Joe Dumars signed Josh Smith and sign-and-traded for Brandon Jennings, he was signalling to the world that Detroit is done being a lottery team. The fact that their 2014 first round pick (top 8 protected) is owed to Charlotte in exchange for taking on a year of Ben Gordon‘s contract, only made their quest for the playoffs all that more necessary.

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

When Joe Dumars famously offered the expiring contracts of Charlie Villaneuva and Rodney Stuckey for Gay, Raptor fans were outraged with the offer (even most tanking proponents thought this was a bad offer), but it did show Dumars had an interest in Gay.

While it’s possible that signing Josh Smith has quenched Dumars’ thirst for dynamic, high-flying forwards with a propensity for taking way too many long jumpers, it’s also quite possible that he might see teaming Smith and Gay up as an enticing prospect.

Right now, Detroit looks like it will have Smith playing out of position, at small forward, most of the time, which likely means more outside shots and fewer inside shots, where he’s FAR more deadly. Adding Gay would allow Smith to move to power forward, where he can take more efficient shots.

And while most expect Detroit to be in the hunt of a playoff spot, they’re by no means a shoe-in. And considering the Piston’s 2014 pick will probably end up going to Charlotte next June (it’s top 8 protected), trading for Gay would increase the chance that pick  isn’t a lottery one.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE

- Greg Monroe and his rookie contract of $4.1 million this season. While it might have seemed unthinkable a year ago to trade Monroe, who was the sole bright spot on the roster, he’s become replaceable with the drafting and play of Andre Drummond, and the signing of Josh Smith. The fact that they don’t appear to be able to reach a contract extension agreement might be an indication that Monroe’s day’s in Detroit are numbered.

- The $17 million in expiring contracts for Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva, because that is their sole value.

- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the 9th pick in last June’s draft.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO DETROIT TRADE

While a straight up deal could definitely be worked out between the two teams, I like the idea of bringing in a third team…

Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Quincy Acy and Kirk Hinrich to Detroit. Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villaneuva, Jonas Jerebko, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Chicago’s rights to Nikola Mirotic and possibly Charlotte’s protected first round draft pick to Toronto. Greg Monroe to Chicago.
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=lfpn3gt

There are various versions you could do, including possibly sending Steve Novak to Detroit, and even taking Carlos Boozer and his massive contract back.

The big prize for Toronto is Mirotic, a player with star potential earning MVP awards in Europe, but they would also get a good, young prospect in Caldwell-Jones and, possibly, a fairly high draft pick in either 2014 or 2015. Again, this is a trade with an eye towards the 2014 draft and rebuilding, but acquiring a couple of pieces like Mirotic and Caldwell-Jones would put them way ahead of schedule.

Detroit gets two dynamic, athletic scorers and possibly the most athletic starting five in the entire league, as well as a  good, veteran guard off the bench.

Chicago would be loathe to give up a potential star in Mirotic (and Charlotte’s pick), but might do it for one of the best young big men in the league. A front line of Monroe and Joakim Noah, along with Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler would surely be the league’s best chance of unseating the Miami Heat, and I’d say that’s a pretty good reason to do it.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

Right now, the Detroit Pistons have three of the least efficient scorers at their positions, in Monroe, Smith and Jennings. Gay (or DeRozan) won’t exactly improve that situation. Also, both Smith and Jennings take far too many of the 16-23 foot shoots, while connecting at a well below average rate from there. Again, Gay (or DeRozan) is equally guilty in this area.

And let’s not even get into the whole decision-making discussion.

And Monroe looks like one of the bright young big men in the league. Even if they decide they can’t keep him (there are real questions about how well Monroe, Drummond and Smith can play together), Joe Dumars might want to wait and see what deals he can get at the trade deadline, when teams are a little more desperate.

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN DETROIT: 20%*

CHARLOTTE

Michael Jordan‘s team is so bad they have become a cautionary tale for other teams. Basically a guidebook for how not to run a franchise. But that’s not to say that fans shouldn’t have any hope. Sure, they’ve drafted poorly, overpaid the wrong free agents and made bad trades, but at least they’ll get their old name back next year!

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

Michael Jordan hates to lose. He positively hates it. And you know all this losing is driving him crazy. Charlotte could have pulled off a trade like Utah (grabbing a couple of draft picks from Golden State in exchange for taking on Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson) in order to get to the minimum salary, but instead they made a splashy free agent signing and grabbed one of the best low post scorers in the league, in Al Jefferson.

While the original plan, under GM Rich Cho, was to be patient and build through the draft, Jordan is not known for his patience, and if he’s presented with a deal that could help the team immediately, he might take it.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE

- Ben Gordon and his $13.2 million expiring contract.

- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and his rookie contract. The second pick in the 2013 draft may have fallen out of favour in Charlotte after struggling all season with his jumpshot and so far hasn’t hit a three in preseason.

- While their own protected pick is promised to Detroit, they have protected picks from Portland (top 12 in 2014 and 2015, unprotected in 2016), and Detroit (top 8 in 2014, 1 in 2015 and unprotected in 2016), and those could end up being quite valuable.

- Ramon Sessions and his $5 million expiring contract.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO CHARLOTTE TRADE

Rudy Gay and Terrence Ross for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Ben Gordon and Bismack Biyombo
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=nsgxqkj

Kidd-Gilchrist is the perfect type of prospect for a rebuilding team to acquiring. His stock is low, right now, but he’s just a second year player and could payoff big. He’s a born leader, is tough as nails, has a high basketball IQ and could end up being one of the best wing defenders in the league. Gordon is taken for his expiring contract and Biyombo is some size on the bench who won’t ever become the player some hoped, he’s still got a lot of defensive potential.

Adding Gay would make Charlotte a contender for one of the last playoff spots. And while he can opt out after this season, also trading for Ross minimizes the risk.

If Charlotte is not ready to give up on Kidd-Gilchrist, one (or both) of the picks Charlotte is owed from Portland and Detroit could be substituted.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

When Rich Cho was hired, he said this:

“One of the worst things you can do in this league is be a middle-of-the-road team – in the playoffs one year, out the next. One of the tough things about a middle-of-the-road team is you never get really good draft picks. That makes it hard to have sustained success. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward.”
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Making a trade for Rudy Gay just to get better this year goes against everything he seemed to be preaching. And why trade any future assets for a player who could walk away this season? Just to create a middle of the road team? And why do it the one year they SHOULD be tanking?

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN CHARLOTTE: 15%*

MILWAUKEE

There are some teams that simply don’t have the option of rebuilding. The Milwaukee Bucks owner, former senator Herb Kohl, is 78 years old and has gone on record that he doesn’t want the team to rebuild. That means that the Bucks are always in win-now mode, for better or for worse.

Normally losing your two leading scorers might signal a rebuild, but Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis neither scored efficiently or had much, if any, impact on the defensive end, so management wasn’t in a rush to bring them back.

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR GAY

Per Kohl’s directive, the Bucks are aiming for the playoffs, but don’t have the talent to be a lock, and lack talent at a couple of positions, one of them small forward. The start of the season will be a big test for them, as they face Toronto, Cleveland, Detroit (twice) and Washington (twice), all teams that they will be competing with for one of the final playoff spots. If they struggle out of the gate, they might be willing to make a big trade.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE

- Caron Butler and his $8 million expiring contract. He was traded for this summer and while he has Wisconsin roots, it’s hard to imagine the Bucks are all that attached to a 33 player whose best days are behind him.

Ersan Ilyasova is being paid $7.9 million next season and signed a 5 year extension before the start of last season. After starting off last season poorly, he improved his play every month and looked great by the end, but there is a feeling that the Bucks don’t know quite what to do with him, and he might be available if the right offer was made.

- Brandon Knight and his $2.8 million rookie contract, and his option was just recently picked up for next season. He has been disappointing so far, and while he’s shot well, there are still questions about whether he can run a team.

- Ekpe Udoh and his $4.5 million expiring contract. He’s 6’10.

- Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was the Bucks’ 15th pick in last June’s draft. He’s 18, has massive hands and an unpronounceable name. What’s not to like?

- The Bucks own all their future first round draft picks.

- $7 milli0n in cap room that means they could take on a bigger contract without having to send out one.

I don’t see anyone else on this team being available.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO MILWAUKEE TRADE

Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry for Caron Butler, Ekpe Udoh, Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee’s top 10 protected 2014 first round pick.
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=n5s8nfu

This isn’t a huge haul for two of the Raptor’s best players, but considering both have expiring contracts, not a lot of teams are going to want to give up a whole lot of players who could leave for nothing at the end of the season.

The Raptors do keep their financial flexibility and get two young prospects and a draft pick, which helps their long term rebuilding goal. If the team is going to tank and go after a top pick in 2014, this is exactly the type of trade they need to do.

The Bucks become a legit play team with this trade, plugging their two biggest holes.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

While the Buck might seem like a perfect target, because of their desire to be a playoff team, their cap room and the pieces the have, I just have one name for you: J.J. Redick.

Last year, the Bucks, hoping to make a push for the playoffs, traded promising young prospect, Tobias Harris, for sharp-shooting veteran, J.J. Redick. There were two teams that benefitted from that deal, and none of them were the Bucks. Harris looks like a rising talent, and Redick has taken his talents to Los Angeles, playing for the contending Clippers.

Are the Bucks going to want to give up young assets again for a player who might be gone next summer?

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN MILWAUKEE: 10%*

WASHINGTON

The Wizards are another team that has been directed by the owner to make the playoffs. They have one of the most promising young backcourts in the league, in John Wall and Bradley Beal, and when those two are teamed with Nene, the Wizards are a good team. Not one of those players, though, was able to make it through even 50 games last season, so the playoffs are not a sure thing.

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

Right now, they have four small forwards and their best one is probably Martell Webster, who as a starter is a good backup. Needless to say they could use an upgrade at the position. What would make Gay more attractive to the Wizards is that he can play the power forward position, in a small ball lineup, something the they will probably be doing a lot of this year.

Last season, Washington had the lowest scoring offense in the entire league, and Gay would definitely help them improve on that. A team with John Wall and Bradley Beal should run a lot and Gay would be the perfect addition.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE 

- Emeka Okafor and his $14.5 million expiring contract. Under normal circumstances, Okafor would be a trade chip, but with a neck injury that could cause him to miss the entire season, you can bet Ernie Grunfeld will be shopping him hard.

- Otto Porter and his rookie contract. The third pick in the 2013 draft.

- Trevor Ariza and his $7.7 million expiring contract.

- The Wizards own all their own first round picks.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO WASHINGTON TRADE

Rudy Gay for Emeka Okafor, Jan Vesley and Washington’s 2014 first round pick.
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=ljqqxbt

The Raptors could also include Amir Johnson in the deal, who Washington would love to replace Okafor on the front line, but that deal would include something substantial going back to the Raptors, like Otto Porter.

The prize in this deal would be Washington’s first round pick, which would probably have to be protected. Quite frankly, that would be the best case scenario for a player who will most likely opt out of his contract at the end of the season.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

With Okafor most likely out for the season, Nene is the only legit big man on the roster. How desperate is their front court situation? The Wizards have actually brought back Pops Mensah-Bonsu to the NBA. The Wizards really only have two valuable assets (my belief is expiring contracts are only valuable as trade ballast in the new NBA climate) in Porter and their draft pick, and there’s no way they will move either of them without getting a talented big man in return.

Plus, with Wall’s limited perimeter game (I’m being kind here) if they do pick up a small forward he had better be able to hit from three more consistently than Gay has lately. And are they really going to want to give up such a valuable asset for someone who could end up leaving after the season?

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON: 10%*

SACRAMENTO

Sacramento has a new owner, coach, GM, a new arena on the horizon (maybe) and a newfound optimism. The environment is perfect for a big trade to show the fans this is a different team. The Kings now have the longest current playoff drought in the league, which I’m sure they would like to change.

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

They have two real small forwards on the roster right now. John Salmons and Travis Outlaw. That pretty much says it all right there.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE

Not a whole lot…

- Ben McLemore and his rookie contract.

- John Salmons could be considered an expiring contract ($7.6 million) as he’s got a team option for next season.

- Jimmer Fredette is a good outside shooter who might do well with a change of environment.

- They owe their first round pick to Cleveland (with protections), so have little in the way of draft picks.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO SACRAMENTO TRADE

While the Raptors might be able to pull a player like Fredette from the Kings in exchange for Gay, in order to get anything of value back, they would probably have to include another player…

Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry for Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and Ben McLemore.
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=m7q3325

That’s a lot of crap to take back for the privilege of getting McLemore, but he has one of the higher ceilings of any player in last June’s draft, so it might be worth it. Thornton could be replaced with Jason Thompson, in the deal, which would be better for the Raptors.

This deal might actually favour the Kings more, simply because they get rid of a couple of bad contracts, as well as a player who is likely to miss half the season (Chuck Hayes) and end up with a ton of cap room next summer.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

If they could, they very well might, but the Kings have so few decent assets, I don’t know if the two teams could agree upon a deal.

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN SACRAMENTO: 5%*

MINNESOTA

Kahn is gone, and Minnesota is poised to get back into the playoffs for the first time since the Kevin Garnett era. While they have a decent chance to make the playoffs, Minnesota’s biggest concern is preventing Kevin Love from leaving. The best way to do that is to surround him with so much talent that he can’t leave.

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

Right now they’re a borderline playoff team and their weakest position is small forward. Gay would probably ensure a playoff spot for the TImberwolves (barring injury) and give them one of the most potent offenses in the league.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE

- Derrick Williams and his rookie contract.

- Shabazz Muhammad and his rookie contract.

- Their first round pick (top 13 protected in 2014, top 12 in 2015 and 2016) goes to Phoenix.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO MINNESOTA TRADE

It’s unlikely the two teams would even be able to complete a trade before December 15th, when several of Minnesota’s newly signed players are available for trade, so any trade would have to happen at that time.

Rudy Gay for Derrick Williams, Chase Budinger or Corey Brewer and J.J. Barea.

The Raptors are able to get a prospect who has not fulfilled his lofty expectations, in Williams, and a couple of serviceable veterans. The hope is that, in a new environment, Williams would become close to the player many expected when he was drafted 2nd, in 2011.

Minnesota becomes a playoff team.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

Timberwolves management know that players don’t generally choose to play in Minneapolis. Even keeping their own players can be difficult, and trading for such an important player who could end up walking after a year is a major risk for a franchise that is always in a tenuous position. More so with Love’s future so much in doubt.

Plus, they don’t have a whole lot of attractive assets and no big expiring contracts, so even agreeing upon a trade would prove difficult.

PROBABILITY OF RUDY GAY SPENDING CHRISTMAS IN MINNESOTA: 5%

NEW ORLEANS

Everyone knows the Pelicans want to win now, after trading a lottery pick and probable future lottery pick for Jrue Holiday and then breaking the bank for Tyreke Evans. They have what they hope is their future franchise player, in Anthony Davis, and some talent, but it’s doubtful they’ll take one of the last playoff spots in the West.

WHY THEY WILL TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

It’s going to prove quite difficult for the Pelicans to actually make the playoffs when Al-Farouq Aminu is their starting small forward. He’s not a bad small forward, but he’s also not very good, either. Gay would be a MASSIVE upgrade.

WHAT ASSETS THEY HAVE

- Ryan Anderson and his $8.3 million salary for this season.

- I don’t think anyone would consider Eric Gordon and the $45 million left on his contract, over 3 years, an asset, but they have that.

- Is Austin Rivers one?  I doubt it.

- Their pick (top 5 protected) is going to Philadelphia next June.

AN EXAMPLE OF A RUDY GAY TO NEW ORLEANS TRADE

Trading for Anderson makes little sense for the Raptors, and any teams that want him could just trade for him directly (Houston, with Asik), so what we’re left with is…

Rudy Gay for Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers (and they would have to throw in a first round pick of some kind).
http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=lh8rutw

Toronto throws the dice on both Gordon and Rivers, but Gordon’s contract is worse than Gay’s, considering how much time he’s missed due to injury and how many years are left.

New Orleans would probably do this in a second.

WHY THEY WON’T TRADE FOR RUDY GAY

Outside of Ryan Anderson, they have very little anyone wants. And they need a center far more than a small forward, and everyone is waiting for the inevitable Ryan Anderson-Omer Asik trade that just makes too much sense for both teams. And that leaves the Pelicans with virtually nothing else to trade.

PROBABILITY RUDY GAY WILLL SPEND CHRISTMAS IN NEW ORLEANS: 2%

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