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:
Y! Sources: Memphis sends Rudy Gay to Toronto in three-team trade. yhoo.it/TcDmDh— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 30, 2013
HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy broke down the official moving parts, if that's the sort of thing you're interested in:
Rudy Gay to Toronto. Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis. Jose Calderon to Detroit. Story: tinyurl.com/avbo8vo— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 30, 2013
Gay's Memphis teammates weren't so thrilled about the deal. First, point guard Mike Conley expressed his disappointment:
Wow— Mike Conley (@mconley11) January 30, 2013
One word truly does speak volumes.
Fellow wing Tony Allen had a different way of showing his emotions:
naaaaawwww b— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) January 30, 2013
There might be a reason for all the outbursts, as HoopsHype points out:
This trade more emotional than most: All the players involved have played for just one team during their NBA careers.— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) January 30, 2013
Of course, Toronto's players—point guard Kyle Lowry, in particular—might be feeling just a little bit differently (via Legion Sports):
Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry are best friends.— Legion Sports (@MySportsLegion) January 30, 2013
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:
Ed Davis is the best value in the deal. He's a Speights upgrade and I'm excited for Davis-Arthur lineups— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 30, 2013
Then, he argued Tayshaun Prince's worth to his new team:
Tayahaun fits perfectly with Memphis. Great fit on floor and locker room— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 30, 2013
Hey, even Bill Simmons agreed with John Hollinger, who was recently hired to Memphis's staff (via Grantland's Bill Simmons):
2013's best sports moment: Automated Hollinger saying Human Hollinger's trade w/ Toronto made Toronto 6 wins worse. es.pn/TZ1pY4— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 30, 2013
Of course, that's not exactly surprising considering this stat about PER—Hollinger's statistical baby—via the New York Daily News' Frank Isola:
Check that, I just learned Austin Daye's PER is higher than Rudy Gay's. My bad. Great trade for Memphis— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) January 30, 2013