Rudy Gay, you have a trade suitor. Or 50.
In the Memphis Grizzlies' never-ending quest to avoid any luxury tax penalties, Gay remains the most likely source of collateral damage.
Rumors have swirled since ESPN Grantland's Zach Lowe reported the Grizzlies were actively entertaining trade offers for their star, albeit overpaid, forward.
But while the $53 million Gay is owed over the next three years was supposed to hinder Memphis' pursuit of a deal, the market for its athletic wing has been brimming with interest. Like a lot of interest.
From the Toronto Raptors to the Boston Celtics to even the Los Angeles Clippers, plenty of teams not only aren't deterred, but have reveled at the prospect of acquiring Gay.
Exuded interest doesn't necessarily mean every rumored team remains a viable destination, though. Memphis is looking for a package that saves the team money while preserving its ability to contend.
Only a handful of teams can satisfy such requirements, and only some of that narrowed field would subsequently be willing to.
Which teams are those?
Gay has certainly been a hotbed for alluring trade scenarios, but not all of the purported sequences are to be taken at face value.
*All stats in this article are accurate as of January 13, 2013.