After missing the end of the 2010-2011 season due to a serious shoulder injury, Rudy Gay had an excellent comeback year for the Memphis Grizzlies as he proved to still be a dynamic and electrifying player. In the wake of Zach Randolph's knee injury, Gay carried Memphis to its first home-court advantage in the playoffs, averaging 19 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game along with 1.5 steals during the regular season.
However, Memphis is once again rumored to be shopping the athletic small forward, who is owed over $53 million over the next three seasons. One rumor has the Raptors potentially targeting Gay, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.
With harsher luxury tax penalties and Memphis owing a considerable sum to Gay, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, the team—should they be looking to shop the former UConn star—would want to receive quality assets, free up cap room and retain some financial freedom.
While Gay proved he can fit well with the Grizzlies, anchoring the team last year and into their grueling seven-game series with the Los Angeles Clippers, there are several NBA teams that are very good fits for the UConn product and that would make plenty of sense for Gay to play for next season.
If the rumors turn out to be true and the Memphis Grizzlies really are looking to deal Rudy Gay this summer (outgoing owner Michael Heisley told The Memphis Commercial Appeal that they were not true rumors, but with Robert Pera coming in, who really knows?) don't be surprised if he is suiting up for one of the following teams when next season tips off.