Rumors are abound however that the Cleveland Cavaliers are said to be dangling the fourth overall pick in an attempt to acquire Gay along with their massive trade exemption from the LeBron James South Beach fiasco. It's a good starting point, but apparently the Raptors want to one-up them.
Citing the article:
What must be made clear is that if Gay is indeed available, then expect the Raptors to be involved.
This is just a snippet of the article, but it's pretty self-explanatory. The Raptors have until July 1st to use what is left of their trade exemption, as well, they also have Andrea Bargnani that they could be dangling out there for the Grizzlies to see.
How likely that is is really unknown. With the labor talks at a standstill, the prospect of having no true salary cap could leave the Grizzlies at an impasse. Do they try and re-sign Marc Gasol to a lofty new contract, or do they look to shuffle the deck?
What probably makes this decision a bit easier is how the Grizzlies played without Gay in the lineup over the course of the year. Led by O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph, the Grizzlies played remarkable ball.
Is it enough to say goodbye to Gay though? That remains to be seen.
Would the Raptors' package of Andrea Bargnani and the fifth overall pick be enough to land Rudy Gay? Obviously I think it would be enough for the Raptors to say yes to. It's just too bad the Raptors didn't draft Gay first overall in 2006 and skip all of this.
The better question to you the reader is, do you think there's a better player out there to try and get in a trade over Rudy Gay? Right now, I think the most likely player dealt could be Gay by the start of next season, if there will even be a 2011-12 season.