Grizzlies Owner: "We're not looking to trade Rudy Gay"
Old 06-08-2012, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Owner of the Grizzlies Michael Heisley addressed rumors surrounding one of his highest paid players with Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal

Link - Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley says there are no plans to trade Rudy Gay The Commercial Appeal

If you ask me,this is some bulls**t

Firstly,he lied about not moving the team away from Vancouver for one,so i don't believe a word from his mouth. Secondly he has way too much money tied up to other players and Memphis almost advanced to the West Finals last season without Rudy Gay.

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Old 06-08-2012, 03:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Of course they'll deny it... they don't want to put it out there they are trying to trade a particular player. First it alienates the player from the franchise and second, it diminishes value.

I don't think it's a given that Gay is dealt, but it makes sense for them if they don't want to move one of Conley, Gasol, Randolph, Mayo.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Get ready for a whole lot of this. Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley says his team is "not looking to trade Rudy Gay." He says his team is not "shopping him around." In case we needed help with our punctuation, he added a "period" to his on the record comments. Of course, as he should, and as is completely correct, Heisley stopped short of saying that his team isn't going to trade Rudy Gay. Because this is how these things work, and we shouldn't freak out unduly if the Grizz end up trading Rudy Gay.

So while we'll quote Heisley at length, as he discusses his plans with the team's borderline All-Star, we promise not to troll so hard when we go back to this quote when another team steps up with an offer for the Grizzlies wing scorer:


"Yes, people have called us to ask about Rudy," Heisley said. "Obviously, we need to seriously look at strengthening the team. But Rudy is the only player we have who can get his shot any time and any place on the floor. You can't afford to get rid of him and not bring in somebody who can do more. I think Chris [Wallace, the GM] has to be open-minded about everybody on the roster. But I don't know how else I can say this: There is no plan to trade Rudy Gay."



There is no plan to. The team is not "looking" to trade him. They're not shopping him around.

But if some team wants to make an offer, if some team is "looking" to trade for Rudy Gay, then you can bet the Grizzlies will listen. Because listening and looking are not the same thing. That's what I tell my wife, at least.

Rudy is set to make nearly $51 million over the next three years of his contract, assuming he picks up a player option in 2014-15 that he'd be a silly-billy not to. We, like the Grizzlies, respect the heck out of his game and his drive and what he brings to a Memphis team that is looking to attempt to make it back to the second round of the playoffs in 2013, and possibly beyond. The talent, with Gay around, is good enough to pull that off.

Banksy cheers on the Grizzlies (Getty Images)The team is realistic about its roster's limitations, though. And without being cheap in terms of payroll of dismissive of Gay's overall game, the Grizz understand that a deal involving Rudy could net the team some of the rotation parts it needs in order to establish some depth. The Grizzlies did well to compete in the first round in 2011-12, surviving in a tough season played mostly without Zach Randolph either on the court or at full strength, but it badly needs help at all positions off the bench. And that's not even getting into the fact that they are paying franchise player cash for a worker (in Gay) that is at best going to fight for a coach-voted placement on the All-Star team.

Still, the rumored options don't make a heck of a lot of sense. Because though we still think of the Grizzlies as a young and up and coming team, the reality is that a lot of these players are about to hit their prime, so a swap of Gay for a lottery-level youngster doesn't really scan well with us. Nor does the idea of the Charlotte Bobcats turning their second overall pick into a 26-year-old about to make an average of $17 million a year over the next three seasons without making an All-Star team out East scan well, either.

The Memphis Grizzlies are not ?looking? to trade Rudy Gay, which is technically true | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Give up Ed Davis to move up two spots?? Are they high?


I'm really getting a bad feeling right now about what we'll be able to do this summer.
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BC said Charlie V was a large part of our core, then traded his ass a couple days later. Don't believe anything these execs say.
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BC said Charlie V was a large part of our core, then traded his ass a couple days later. Don't believe anything these execs say.
Co-sign...it makes alot of sense to deal him. Nobody is touching Randolph's contract. I'd assume they'd want to keep Gasol since he's young and emerging as a premiere big man in the game. Conley is moveable but wouldn't attract as much value in return as Gay.

I'm confident he'll be traded (maybe as soon as draft day). If the Kings were smart,they'd do package deal with Memphis involving picks,Gay & Evans. I'm not sure how much Evans is owed or due to make on a contract extension,but i'm sure he can be had for a price much cheaper than Rudy's
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Give up Ed Davis to move up two spots?? Are they high?


I'm really getting a bad feeling right now about what we'll be able to do this summer.
While my initial reaction was similar, if the right player can be had at #6 it would be totally worth it. I don't see Ed as a major piece though others can understandably disagree. If we could get a legitimate starter/borderline all-star at the higher position and we view the #8 piece to be less than, it would make a lot of sense. We'd be consolidating the money spent on two lesser players which is what this team desperately needs. I acknowlede it's risky but in my mind worth the gamble if the right guys are available. It can blow up if Ed or the #8 end up being better than the pick but you have to trust your scouting department.

All that said, I'm not saying anyone at #6 would be worth it... but I'd love Beal and a few others.
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