In one of the more significant trades of the year, the Memphis Grizzlies dealt Rudy Gay in a three-team deal involving the Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons (via Yahoo! Sports). Gay was sent to the Raptors in exchange for Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com, the Grizzlies' decision to trade Gay was a deal of mutual interest.
Kennedy reports that Gay did not request a trade. With that being said, Gay made it perfectly clear that he would not oppose a change of scenery.
That was all Memphis had to hear, as they put an end to months of speculation by executing a trade.
Gay had grown unhappy with the situation in Memphis and it was time for both parties to move on...Grizzlies brass had met with Gay last weekend and the small forward made it clear that he would welcome a trade.
Gay was also tired of hiding his frustration.
And rightfully so.
Prior to the deal, Gay was quoted by Yahoo! Sports as stating that the trade rumors were effecting his family. That comes with good reason, as Gay and his family were consistently faced with the possibility of being forced to move their home to a different state.
As it turns out, Gay will be moving to a different country.
With their decision to part ways, both Gay and the Grizzlies will be in prime position to thrive without distractions. After spending nearly seven years together, it appears as if a healthy split was the only rational option.
For both sides.
As a member of the Toronto Raptors, Gay is likely to experience a much stronger level of stability. Toronto is unlikely to trade the best player they've had since Chris Bosh departed in 2010.
They're also unlikely to turn their back on the first true face of the franchise since Bosh left town.
Gay is in a better place and the Grizzlies are a team that is free of distractions. How it all pans out from there, however, is an untold story.
Regardless of what transpires, Gay wanted to be traded.