Potential Landing Spots for Memphis Grizzlies Star Rudy Gay

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIJanuary 9, 2013

Potential Landing Spots for Memphis Grizzlies Star Rudy Gay

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    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Memphis Grizzlies could trade franchise forward Rudy Gay. The question that everyone is asking, however, is as follows:

    Where could he land?

    Thus far, only two teams have emerged as rumored candidates. There are countless options as to where he could end up, though; there are more potential destinations than the rumors for Rudy Gay.

Speculation: Boston Celtics

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    With loads of perimeter talent and the lack of an athletic scorer, Rudy Gay may just be the perfect fit for the Boston Celtics.

    The question is, where do you figure in Paul Pierce?

    One approach may be to move Pierce to power forward and start Gay at small forward. Another could be to utilize Gay as a shooting guard.

    The unthinkable move could be to include Pierce and his potentially expiring contract in the trade.

    Don't forget, Boston nearly traded Pierce to the New Jersey Nets for an expiring contract in 2011-12 (via Yahoo! Sports).

    What cannot be denied, however, is that Gay is a major upgrade over their current crop. He's also much more expensive.

    It may be speculative, but the two teams have history. This deal could be made.

Rumor: Golden State Warriors

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    According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Phoenix Suns aren't the only team involved in the Rudy Gay trade talks.

    In addition to conversations with Phoenix, Memphis has tried to engage Golden State in trade talks for Rudy Gay, league sources say.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) January 8, 2013

    Although it's unclear what the Golden State Warriors would be willing to oblige, the deal has promise.

    That is, until Berger dropped another bomb on us.

    The Grizzlies-Warriors talks stalled with Golden State's desire to include Richard Jefferson ($21m left over two years) in the deal.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) January 8, 2013

    It's not surprising that Memphis declined a deal that includes a less-than-productive veteran with a huge contract.

    The question is, what could Memphis be looking for? Chances are, the answer is simple.

    Draft choices.

Speculation: Houston Rockets

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    Chances are, the Memphis Grizzlies will be looking to move Rudy Gay outside of the division.

    Putting their status as a Southwest Division mainstay aside, however, Memphis may find its best fit with the Houston Rockets.

    In return for Gay, the Grizzlies could receive 2012 All-Rookie Second Team member Chandler Parsons. He's a defensive-minded player who has shown signs of offensive promise.

    Throw in some draft choices and potential guard depth and you have something to work with.

    As for Gay, he'd be entering a situation with the Rockets in which he could be "the missing link." Houston is already a postseason team, but lacks a true secondary scorer.

    Gay could be just that for Harden.

    In turn, Jeremy Lin could finally take over as a facilitator. Both Gay and Harden are capable at working off of the ball, but also offer the ability to handle.

    Houston would become an interesting contender with this deal. Houston would land a group of future pieces.

Rumor: Phoenix Suns

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    Per a report via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Phoenix Suns are in talks to acquire Rudy Gay.

    The details of the deal are unclear, but it is supposedly centered around Gay. The only other name revealed has been Suns wingman Jared Dudley.

    There's no framework of a possible deal in place, but the Grizzlies have expressed a strong desire that any package involving Gay include Suns forward Jared Dudley and future first-round draft picks, sources said.

    Dudley is a defensive-minded player with a career 40.5 percent mark from beyond the three-point line.

    Chances are, there would need to be a significant amount of depth to this deal if it were to be made. As underwhelming as Gay can be, to swap him for Dudley would be a case of highway robbery.

    Memphis doesn't need a big such as Marcin Gortat, so could Michael Beasley be a potential player? Would Phoenix be willing to give up a first-round draft choice?

    Regardless of who is involved, Phoenix is looking like the most likely landing spot.

Speculation: Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers lack athletic wings. They also lack the compensation to get this one done.

    Just don't think they wouldn't consider it.

    If the deal could be done, the Lakers would land the floor-spacing athlete that they are in dire need of. They'd also have an adequate defender to place along the perimeter.

    Although he's yet to reach superstar status, Gay would also be a quality matchup against Kevin Durant.

    The issue, again, is finding the players to trade. After all, Memphis is unlikely to be inclined to trade for Pau Gasol and his hefty price tag.

    With that being said, the pairing of he and his brother Marc must incite some interest.

Speculation: Washington Wizards

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    They may not be a postseason contender as of this moment, but the Washington Wizards could be a perfect fit for Rudy Gay.

    Gay is a Baltimore native, thus signaling he is familiar with the D.C. area.

    Furthermore, Gay would be teaming with future star John Wall. The two could form a dynamic enough duo to lead the Wizards to the postseason in 2013-14.

    As for who the Grizzlies could receive in return, Jordan Crawford is the three-point shooter they so desperately need. They presently rank 29th in three-point field goals per game.

    Memphis could also land a first-round draft choice, thus offering true compensation for losing Gay.

    The likelihood of this deal is slim. If it were to transpire, however, there would be little complaints once the results were seen.