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Let's go ahead and start out with the biggest rumor out there: Rudy Gay to the Phoenix Suns.
Grantland's Zach Lowe first made it clear that the Memphis Grizzlies were shopping their stud small forward, breaking down where he could go if he was indeed traded. I'd still love to see his proposed trade with the Atlanta Hawks come to fruition, but that seems to be more fantasy than anything at this point.
Back on topic, the Suns seem to be the No. 1 potential landing spot for Gay. This was confirmed by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Grizzlies have been shopping Gay to multiple teams, and found an interested trade partner with the Suns, sources said.
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.
In an effort to avoid paying luxury tax in the short term, as well as get off the $17.8 million and $19.3 million owed Gay in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, new Memphis management has aggressively shopped Gay. The Grizzlies have made proposals on Gay to several teams, front-office sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Doubting Wojnarowski is usually a terrible idea, but there's just no way that this deal actually ends up happening. If it does, it shouldn't have.
The Suns aren't anywhere close to contending, and Gay isn't going to be the player who puts them over the top. Mortgaging the future for the present by trading away multiple first-round draft picks doesn't really make sense.
As for the Grizzlies, I still think they're going to hold on to Gay unless they're absolutely blown away by an offer. It's not as though they're struggling to stay afloat in the Western Conference at the moment.