The Memphis Grizzlies aren't necessarily shopping Rudy Gay, but according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.com, the team has "made it known in preliminary talks with other teams that Gay could be available via trade."
Gay makes a boatload of money this year and over the next two, but 6'9" small forwards with otherworldly athleticism don't grow on trees. So there are bound to be suitors aplenty for his services.
Still, the fact that Gay is owed about $53 million over the next three years makes a trade financially tricky. As we go through our five best potential trade partners, rest assured that every deal is permissible under the NBA's salary cap constraints. (Thanks, ESPN Trade Machine. You're the best.)
In addition, we're not throwing out ridiculous proposals here. These deals have to at least make sense for the Grizzlies, who either need to add scoring punch to complement their excellent defense for a title run or shed some money to get under the luxury tax over the next couple of seasons.
The Grizz might be willing to take on a bad contract or two in the short term, but only if it pushes them closer to being a legitimate championship contender this year.
At the same time, the team landing Gay must have a need for him that justifies absorbing his salary.
All right everybody, let's speculate!
*All salary info from hoopshype.com