NBA Rumors: Latest on Rudy Gay to Raptors and Pau Gasol Leaving LA
With the NBA rumor mill constantly turning, it's hard to judge which whispers have any weight to them.
Fear not, NBA fans, for I am here to ease your restless minds and give you the most up-to-date information on the Toronto Raptors' interest in Rudy Gay and the tornado of news surrounding Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Are the Toronto Raptors Interested in Rudy Gay?
The Rudy Gay rumors have been flying of late and the latest team to enter the picture is the Raptors.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Toronto is seriously interested in the Memphis Grizzlies' leading scorer, whom it tried to acquire prior to the 2012 NBA draft.
As Stein writes:
Sources told ESPN.com this week that the Raptors -- who tried to make a play for Gay before the 2012 NBA draft -- remain seriously "interested" in the Grizzlies' leading scorer and are trying to assemble trade packages to bring the 26-year-old to Toronto after preliminary talks with Memphis.
Stein reports that the Raptors are willing to offer Jose Calderon and Ed Davis as well as potential draft picks, but with Mike Conley and Zach Randolph playing well this season, it's hard to imagine Memphis biting on that deal.
Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins has already made it known that he's not down with making deals during the season (h/t Pro Basketball Talk) and I can't imagine he'd be on board with losing his leading scorer (17.8 PPG).
Even though the Griz are looking to dump Gay's salary, I don't think they're in a rush to deal him during the season—especially to the Raptors where they're not getting much in return.
The Latest on Pau Gasol's Status in Los Angeles
For now, it sounds like Gasol is staying put with the Lakers.
Stein reports that there has been talk that if L.A. dealt Gasol, it would only bring more criticism and devastation to a 15-21 Lakers team that has been absolutely dismal this season.
Perhaps there's no better sign of Gasol's remaining existence in Los Angeles than having starting point guard Steve Nash on his side, who told ESPN's Dave McMenamin:
I think Pau is a tremendous basketball player. I need to see him get his health and his confidence back. Even when he has been inside this year he hasn't looked very confident. For me, I really want to see him really feel better physically, mentally, confident and enjoy the game because I don't know if he's been himself this year. If we can get him back to himself, it doesn't matter where he plays. He'll be great.
I've said multiple times that blowing up the roster isn't the answer for the Lakers.
What L.A. needs to do is get healthy and work on its interior and transition defense.
Gasol will miss Sunday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he's still nursing that concussion, but for now it looks like he'll remain in purple and yellow.
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