Here stands Rudy Gay, a very good if not great NBA player. For years, good-if-not-great players have often been paid like great ones, the fortunate sons who are able to take advantage of owners who think they know what pieces will help them win. That Gay is no longer in Memphis is evidence of a new NBA, one where talent will indeed be redistributed. But if you think this is going to end the prohibitive financial advantages teams like the Lakers and Knicks have, you're crazy. The Grizzlies traded Gay to Toronto in a three-team deal last week for various reasons, each of which received greater emphasis depending on the audience Memphis' new management team was trying to convince. It told the advanced-stats crowd that Gay's PER and such were terrible. It told the locals in Memphis that the Grizzlies were simply looking to follow in the footsteps of teams like the Spurs, and were certainly willing to continue to spend money. To the basketball purists, the deal was sold as allowing Memphis to return to its low-post roots, feeding former All-Star Marc Gasol and current All-Star Zach Randolph.
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