Austin Daye: Newest Addition to Memphis Grizzlies Adds Depth to Team
The Memphis Grizzlies have reached an agreement in principle to trade forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Grizzlies receive point guard Jose Calderon as part of the deal, and will route Calderon's $10.5 million expiring contract to the Detroit Pistons for a package that includes forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye, league sources told Y! Sports. The Raptors also sent forward Ed Davis and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies.
Is Daye a good fit in Memphis?
So, what does Daye bring to the Grizzlies?
First and foremost, Daye brings size with him to Memphis.
The former No. 15 overall pick in 2009 stands at a towering 6'11'', with a much less impressive 200-pound frame. Still, he is a nice addition to the many big men Memphis has, also including the newly acquired Ed Davis and Tayshaun Prince.
On the season, Daye is averaging 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds off the bench per contest. He isn't the most talented big man on the offensive end, but we have seen some flashes of great play from Daye this season.
Against a solid defensive squad in the Atlanta Hawks, Daye scored 20 points while grabbing six boards in a winning effort earlier this month. While you shouldn't expect that type of input on a nightly basis, it clearly shows Daye has some ability and potential when given the opportunity.
Now, all that remains to be seen is if Daye can get some solid playing time in Memphis' fully loaded frontcourt.
Guys like Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will obviously remain the most important big men on the team.
Darrell Arthur has done a fine job as the team's primary big man off the bench this season, and the addition of Davis gives the Grizz another talented interior presence, likely hurting Daye's chances of getting major minutes.
But that doesn't erase the fact that the Grizzlies have some of the best depth in the bigs department in the entire NBA after this deal. The addition of Daye might not be a game-changer, but along with Davis and Prince, the Grizzlies have solidified their size and defense, making them major players in the Western Conference.
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