Twitter Erupts with Reaction to Rudy Gay 3-Team Deal

Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 30, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 22:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks to shoot over Chandler Parsons #25 of the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on December 22, 2012 in Houston, Texas. 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 Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Well, the Memphis Grizzlies finally did it. 

The Western Conference's fourth-best team has not-so-secretly been trying to move star forward Rudy Gay over the past month, and on Wednesday, news broke that they had finally found a deal to their liking.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski announced the three-way swap between Memphis, Toronto and Detroit:

HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy broke down the official moving parts, if that's the sort of thing you're interested in:

Gay's Memphis teammates weren't so thrilled about the deal. First, point guard Mike Conley expressed his disappointment:

One word truly does speak volumes.

Fellow wing Tony Allen had a different way of showing his emotions:

There might be a reason for all the outbursts, as HoopsHype points out:

Of course, Toronto's players—point guard Kyle Lowry, in particular—might be feeling just a little bit differently (via Legion Sports):

It would seem as though Rudy Gay is simply coveted by everyone. Except the Grizzlies' management. 

While Gay is indeed a household name, and everyone's buddy, most were quick to agree with what Memphis acquired for him.

First, CBS Sports' Matt Moore reminds everyone of budding star Ed Davis' value:

Then, he argued Tayshaun Prince's worth to his new team:

Hey, even Bill Simmons agreed with John Hollinger, who was recently hired to Memphis's staff (via Grantland's Bill Simmons):

Of course, that's not exactly surprising considering this stat about PER—Hollinger's statistical baby—via the New York Daily News' Frank Isola: