If there was a player that could most benefit from a change of scenery, it's Gay. A superbly talented wing forced to play for some awful Memphis squads throughout his first three years in the league, Gay is one of the most athletic players in the league.
His solid play is masked by name on the front of his jersey, though, as Memphis is generally considered one of the worst teams in the league. They have a sub .500 record for the season, and yet they have played so much better than last year that they are being hailed as one of the "success" stories of the first third of the season by ESPN writer Marc Stein.
Gay has proven incapable of being "the man" on an NBA team, but I think he would be a perfect complementary player on a team with a legitimate superstar. Like the Cavaliers.
With career averages of 17 PPG and five RPG, and at the ripe age of 23, Gay's presence on the Cavs would be fantastic. He is a good enough shooter to play at the 2, allowing him and LeBron to play off of each other. He is also athletic enough to be taught how to play good defense, one of the biggest shots against him over the years.
Unfortunately, Gay to the Cavs is purely a pipe dream. I have not read anything over the season that would indicate the Grizzlies are attempting to move Gay. Not saying it won't happen, but it certainly hasn't been discussed at this point. I'm inclined to think that the Grizz want to see how him and O.J. Mayo grow together.
Trust me, though: I've been a huge Gay fan since he was drafted in '05, and would love to see the Cavs acquire him. Here's a potential trade:
Once again, the Cavs would be giving up Delonte. I didn't realize Rudy Gay had such a cheap contract; it makes him that much harder for a team to get, in my opinion.
If the Cavs were to acquire him, they'd surely have to pick up one of Memphis's less desirable contracts. Unfortunately for trading purposes, they don't have that many bad contracts. Just Zach Randolph, but he's not going anywhere the way he's been playing.
Out of all of the potential trades that I'd like the Cavs to make, this one seems the least likely. Whatever.