Originally Posted by Blaze
Iggy is three years older than Gay and only better defensively. Rudy is a top 5 SF with room to improve and fits the system better than Iggy because he can shoot and although Iggy is a better defender, Gay is no slouch in that category.
I think Raptor fans that would even consider Iggy over Gay forget that we are still in rebuilding and development process. Say it takes us two years to be ready, Val, and Ross are going to take time, Lowery needs to get chemistry and learn the system, and Bargs
and Demar need to make some more improvements. Now say you bring in Iggy, by the end of the two years he will be 30 and on his decline. Gay on the other hand will be 27, just entering his prime and will have gotten better the past two years, leaving us in a prime situation to compete.
That being said Grizz have no interest in trading Gay, let alone to us.
I actually didn't realize till someone else mentioned it but Iggy's actually a pretty decent shooter, similar %'s to Gay on more attempts.... Still, he's not a bad fit here but acquiring Gay would be ideal. Better at creating his own shot and not bad defensively like u said. The biggest thing, as u also noted, is he's a few years younger and may still improve. I feel like Iggy peaked a while ago, the best we can expect from him is maintaining his current level for a couple years. I would expect more long term for anyone we're hoping to add to our "core".
And on a similar note (not to u but whoever mentioned Marion): bringing back Marion is an absolutely ridiculous concept. I can't understand in any way, shape or form how that makes any sense for this team at this time. Leadership? C'mon that's a nice way of saying he doesn't bring much else anymore... Granted he's still a decent defender and a veteran presence who won't kill u with mistakes, but if that's your talent u sign with a contender, not a team hoping to sneak into the playoffs..
Also, is there anything to that "let alone to us" comment? I don't see any reason why Toronto couldn't work out a deal with Memphis, and we can offer a nice package of assets. Jose is a nice luxury on any playoff team as a backup and will help financially as an expiring contract, DeMar replaces Gay (although with less production) and has potential to sell the fan base on, and Davis is cheap and improving talent with size... They couldn't ask for much more in return for a player they overpaid (IMO) and we wouldn't miss anyone but Jose at backup PG (and he's probably gone by the following season anyway).