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NBA Trade Rumors: Best Destinations for Memphis Grizzlies' Rudy Gay

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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 5, 2012

Memphis is wondering if they are a better team without Rudy Gay following its opening round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Apparently we may find out sooner rather than later. 

According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, Brooklyn among others is on the list that are interested in his services. Here are some of the best destinations for Gay if he is indeed traded. 

Golden State Warriors

Chances he lands: 15 percent

If Golden State wants to be relevant again, they must pursue Gay. After trading Monta Ellis, they need to reload another scoring threat.

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Gay could be that option if the price is right.

Just think of the potential lineup of Andrew Bogut (if he can stay healthy), Stephen Curry and Rudy Gay. 

They wouldn't win championships, but they would at least compete in a difficult Western Conference. 

Orlando Magic

Chances he lands: 20 percent 

Would Rudy Gay be enough to keep disgruntled superstar Dwight Howard in Orlando? Gay can score 20 points, grab six rebounds and shoot 46 percent from the floor.

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He's only 25 years old.

Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

Orlando needs a superstar to keep Howard happy. Gay isn't as well known to average NBA fans, but he brings production that rivals at least a star-quality value. 

The Magic were 21st in scoring and 13th in rebounds per game. Gay could bring solid production in those areas if the Magic made a deal. 

Brooklyn Nets

Chances he lands: 30 percent

Mikhail Prokhorov wants to splurge into free agency, trades, etc. to find players who can win championships. He made one big trade to bring Deron Williams to town, but he is ready to make another one to keep Williams happy.

Similar to Howard's situation, will Gay be enough? In this situation, he would be enough, for now. Two stars in one city for a new franchise would be a great thing for the NBA. 

Not to mention they need help in several areas including scoring (24th) and rebounding (26th). Gay would provide offensive stability to a team that needs more scoring options than Williams. 


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