NBA Rumors: Golden State Warriors Should Give Up on Pursuit of Rudy Gay

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies walks off the court after being defeated 82-80 to the Phoenix Suns following the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Rudy Gay going to the Golden State Warriors is nothing more than a pipe dream.

The Memphis Grizzlies are apparently shopping the 26-year-old small forward. Various teams across the NBA have been discussed as possible destinations, with the Warriors among them.

Matt Moore of breaks down the many stumbling blocks as to why this trade will never happen, and should it happen, it would end badly for one of the parties involved.

Memphis is looking at this move as move of getting Gay off the books and adding draft picks. After this season, Gay is still due over $37 million.

Quite frankly, he doesn't look like value for money at this stage.

While he has taken a slightly lesser role with the Grizzlies in years past, Gay's field-goal percentage is the lowest of his career and his points average is the lowest since his rookie season. In addition, his PER is only 14.95, which is unimpressive considering the league average is 15.

It wouldn't make sense for the Grizzlies to take on Andris Biedrins and his $9 million or the millions more owed to Richard Jefferson, who has a player option next year worth a little over $11 million.

Biedrins has been a black hole offensively. Jefferson isn't much better, averaging about three points in his 11 minutes on the court.

For the right price, Gay would be an upgrade for the Warriors at the present time. He is a proven scorer and a solid enough defender.

Without Andrew Bogut, Golden State is fifth in the West, with a 22-11 record. The Warriors are one of the more dangerous teams in the league already. With Gay, Golden State could make a push for the NBA Finals.

However, Memphis' asking price is too high at this stage.

For the Warriors, they would likely have to part with either Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson, as well, which would be foolish at this stage.

Thompson might not be improving as much as some thought he would, but there's no doubt he'll be a good player. His numbers are only slightly lower than Gay's, and he's four years younger.

Barnes is averaging numbers quite similar to Gay did in his rookie year.

Carl Landry or Jarrett Jack might also be bargaining chips. They have arguably been two of the better bench players in the league.

In addition, Golden State is set up for success in the long term. All of the team's key players are in their early-to-mid 20s. In 2014, the Warriors will have quite a bit of financial flexibility.

If the Warriors wait, they might be able to swing a much more favorable deal. As the Grizzlies get closer to the deadline, they'll get more desperate to unload Gay, if he hasn't moved by then.