6 Man Trade Rocks NBA
Memphis, Pistons, and Raptors work out a trade that involves Gay, Prince, & Calderon.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Memphis finally figured out a way to get Gay and his $16M. Now, lets see how they do without his 17.2 PPG too.
The trade sent Rudy Gay to the Raptors, Tayshaun Prince to the Grizzlies, and Jose Calderon to the Pistons. The Grizzlies also picked up Ed Davis, Austin Daye, and a 2013 second round pick from the Raptors when it was all said and done. The Raptors scooped up backup center Hamed Haddadi.
The Mavs had wanted to get in on the action to acquire Jose Calderon and fill a point guard slot vacated by Jason Kidd last off-season, but were unwilling to part with Vince Carter.
Although Gay had to be expecting some trade as his name had been attached to trade rumors all season, Calderon appears surprised.
"It's been my home for eight years," Calderon said in Atlanta, shortly before leaving the arena. "I've done everything possible for this team. It's tough. The fans have been with me since Day 1. It's tough.
The trade was initiated by the Grizzlies who had been looking to deal Gay and his expensive pricetag all season. They finally got their wish, but the question is if this will ruin the team chemistry that has made them one of the top teams in the West.
From a talent perspective the Raptors definitely came out ahead on this trade, but the Grizzlies didn't do bad to pick up Prince who is a proven winner with a championship under his belt. Prince is nearing the end of his career though and Gay had a lot of years left in the league. The Pistons acquiring Calderon is a solid move for a team numerous pieces away from being a threat. They dealt an aging veteran on a bad team for youth and potential in Calderon. The Grizzlies also served their primary purpose, which was freeing up money on their payroll. It's easy to see benefits to all teams involved.