Rudy Gay

Position: Small Forward and Power Forward ▪ Shoots: Right

High School: Archbishop Spalding in Severn, Maryland

Draft: Houston Rockets, 1st round (8th pick, 8th overall), 2006 NBA Draft

Spurs‘ Rudy Gay: Scores 15 off bench

Gay finished with 15 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six boards and one steal in 26 minutes of a 120-113 loss to the Bucks on Saturday.

Gay outscored the rest of the Spurs‘ bench single-handedly in a game where only eight of his teammates made a basket. The 2006 first-round pick seems to have put his extended COVID-19 protocol absence behind him, as he’s re-established himself as a top scoring option with the second unit. He’ll next face the Hornets on Monday.

Spurs' Rudy Gay: Scores 15 off bench

Rudy Gay

17. August 1986BaltimoreMaryland) ist ein US-amerikanischer Basketballspieler, der seit 2006 in der National Basketball Association (NBA) aktiv ist. Aktuell steht er bei den San Antonio Spurs unter Vertrag.

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay

17. August 1986BaltimoreMaryland) ist ein US-amerikanischer Basketballspieler, der seit 2006 in der National Basketball Association (NBA) aktiv ist. Aktuell steht er bei den San Antonio Spurs unter Vertrag.

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay

 Rudy Gay

San Antonio Spurs: Grading 3 potential trade partners for Rudy Gay

Jan 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward James Johnson (16) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gay, Patty Mills react to LaMarcus Aldridge’s Spurs exit

LaMarcus Aldridge’s time with the San Antonio Spurs may not have been as successful as he would’ve wanted, but there’s no doubt he made a huge impact on the city, the team and his teammates.

Following the news of his impending exit from the Spurs, his teammates Rudy Gay and Patty Mills made sure to remind everyone how great and influential he is to the organization. While it may be a sad ending, Gay noted that the veteran big man should still be celebrated.

“He’s done some really, really good things as a Spur, and I think it’s time to celebrate what he’s done. You can’t forget what LaMarcus has done here,” Gay said of his Spurs teammate, whom he also called his good “friend,” per Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express-News.

Mills, for his part, wished nothing but the best for Aldridge, expressing his hope that his next team after the Spurs will give the sweet-shooting forward a chance to compete for the title.

“He’s well respected with this group particularly and every team he’s played for. As a teammate, you wish the best for him and hope the next chapter in his journey works out for him. He’s a hell of a player, hell of a pro…” Mills added.

It’s still unknown where LaMarcus Aldridge will end up with, but it sure looks like fans won’t have to wait for long to know. After all, given that it was Gregg Popovich himself who broke the news, odds are they are already engaged in significant trade discussions for the forward.

For what it’s worth, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Spurs are confident that they will be able to find a suitable partner and trade returns within the next week for the 35-year-old.

Rudy Gay isolation plays are killing the Spurs’ offensive flow

Anyone following the San Antonio Spurs in 2014 knows exactly what perfect team basketball looks like. That team finished with a league-best 25.2 assists per game, leading to a 62-20 regular-season record and the franchise’s fifth NBA title.

The “Beautiful Game” Spurs were a sight to behold, and I’m not sure we’ll ever see anything like it again, even if this year’s team sometimes makes very similar plays. The 2021 Spurs have plenty of guys capable of sharing the ball well, namely DeMar DeRorozan, Dejounte Murray, and Derrick White. Unfortunately, the team as a whole has dropped to 17th in the league in assists per game at 24.6.

Much of the team’s recent dip has to do with San Antonio’s inability to hit shots. The Spurs have had far too many nights recently where they start off ice cold from long range. In Monday’s inexplicable loss to Charlotte, only Patty Mills and Derrick White had made at least one three in the first half.

Another trend that has killed the Spurs’ offense is the tendency for the ball to stall on one side of the floor. While DeRozan isolates often, there’s a reason for that — he’s one of the best in the game at it. What the team doesn’t need is a second guy trying to do the same.

Rudy Gay

Spurs‘ Rudy Gay: Will play Thursday

Gay (foot) will play Thursday against the Clippers, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.

After missing one game with a sore left foot, Gay will be back in action Thursday. This month, he’s averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.6 minutes.

How the Rudy Gay trade (the second one) turned around the Raptors franchise

A gaggle of Raptors reporters had gotten wind of a major impending transaction while sitting in cabs, fighting the traffic-choked highways of Los Angeles heading from an airport hotel to the downtown Staples Center and had been frantically working the phones on their way to the building.

“Is Masai here? Where’s Case? Anyone talk to DeMar yet?

“What time is it back home? These deadlines are gonna kill me.”

Little did we know that night would become one of the most significant evenings in the history of the Raptors franchise, a watershed moment that set the team on a path that would ultimately lead to two million euphoric fans packing a parade route a little more than five years later.

To suggest that one day — Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 — was the most important in the history of the team would be an overstatement. But it was noteworthy. That single trade — Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray going from Toronto to the Sacramento Kings for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes — resonates not only for what it did then but what it allowed to happen in the years to come.

“To me the biggest takeaway was, by trading Rudy, it really created an opportunity for Kyle (Lowry) and DeMar (DeRozan) to step into what we’ve seen them become,” current general manager Bobby Webster said. “They were then thrust into very prominent roles and both became all-stars.”

The trade was the first significant move made by Masai Ujiri and Webster, who had taken over stewardship of the franchise about six months earlier. They had inherited a roster that was flawed and made a bold move right away to rectify the situation.

The coupling of DeRozan and Gay wasn’t working out, and that had become obvious to anyone who watched the mirror images try to find the space and the shots to coexist. Both were good players on their own, just not together, and there was no way it was going to work out in the long term.

“They had to live in the same space,” then-coach Dwane Casey said in a recent interview. “They were both great mid-range players and we did not space the floor well with those two. They weren’t great enough three-point shooters for people to go out and respect them at the three-point line …

“We were kind of muddling along and going nowhere, the offence was kind of bogged down. We weren’t terrible defensively, but the offence was just bogged down.”

Something had to be done before the season slipped away. Five days earlier, the Raptors had blown a 27-point second-half lead in a loss to the Golden State Warriors — still the greatest single-game collapse in franchise history.

“There was a sense that if this thing’s not going to work, let’s shake it up,” Webster recalled.

It shook it up, all right. Better than anyone expected.

The Raptors went on an immediate 14-6 run, vaulting from irrelevance into legitimacy and spawning one of the great DeRozan lines of all time.

“You can sink and drown, or you can float,” he said about a month after the deal. “And we out here like Michael Phelps.”

It’s funny how things turn out when no one knows for sure what will happen. Ujiri admitted months after the trade that it was in large measure guesswork: “We all walk around thinking we’re geniuses, but in this business, you need that Lady Luck.”

“To be honest, we didn’t know what we were getting,” Casey said. “It was just chemistry. All those guys came in and it was just good chemistry with the team. It just clicked.”

That season turned around dramatically. The Raptors went 42-22 from the date of the trade until the end of the season and finished first in the Atlantic Division, and third in the East, before losing a seven-game playoff series to the Brooklyn Nets.

DeRozan thrived — he made his first all-star team in February, 2014 — and Lowry blossomed.

“Something we’ve all learned is, you may have guys on your current team who can take bigger roles,” Webster said. “The trade allowed them to thrive and blossom in a way that was maybe harder to see with Rudy out there.”

Lowry and DeRozan evolved into the most successful duo in franchise history, with 42 of team’s 48 wins that season coming after the trade, followed by years of 49, 56, 51 and 59 wins before DeRozan was traded for Kawhi Leonard in the summer of 2018.

All because the two teammates who became best friends got a chance to show what they could do. And even if that first season ended in disappointment — Lowry missed a game-winning shot at the buzzer of Game 7 against Brooklyn — the two had cemented themselves as foundational pieces.

“When we first made the playoffs, (Lowry) missed a game-winning (shot) and laid on the floor,” DeRozan once said. “I got on the floor with him and said, ‘I don’t give a s— if you made it or missed it, I’m riding with you no matter what.’ And ever since then, that’s my dog.”

It’s funny, though. As much as the Gay trade set the Raptors on a championship path, it was a deal Ujiri didn’t make that same month that allowed the DeRozan-Lowry partnership to thrive.

A couple of weeks after the Gay trade, a deal was almost finalized that would have sent Lowry to the New York Knicks for Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace and a draft pick, a deal that would have led to Toronto bottoming out in a rebuilding process that might have taken years.

The Knicks backed out of the deal, which was as fortuitous for the Raptors as the haul was in the Gay trade.

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Gay totaled 19 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and two blocked shots across 23 minutes in Saturday’s 111-85 win over Phoenix.

Gay notched 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), two rebounds and an assist across 24 minutes off the bench in Monday’s loss against the Cavaliers.

Gay produced 18 points (6-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks across 31 minutes in Thursday’s 134-129 loss to the Hawks.

Gay posted 16 points (5-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes during Wednesday’s 120-106 win over the Kings.

Gay (foot) will play Thursday against the Clippers, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.

High School- und College-Karriere

In seiner Jugend spielte Gay zuerst an der gewählt, das aus den besten High-School-Spielern der ganzen USA zusammengesetzt ist.

Daraufhin erhielt Rudy Gay ein Stipendium der University of Connecticut, einer der besten Basketball-Unis Nordamerikas. In seinem Sophomore-Jahr am College, das er höchst erfolgreich bestritt, wurde ihm die Ehre einer Nominierung zum besten Collegespieler der USA zu Teil. In dieser Saison führte er sein College-Team, die UConn Huskies, mit 15,2 Punkten pro Spiel zu einer 30:3 Bilanz, bis sie in Verlängerung gegen das Überraschungsteam der George Mason Patriots aus Virginia 84:86 verloren. Trotz des enttäuschenden Endes seines zweiten Collegejahres entschied sich Gay, das College zu verlassen, um sich zum NBA-Draft anzumelden.

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In seiner Jugend spielte Gay zuerst an der gewählt, das aus den besten High-School-Spielern der ganzen USA zusammengesetzt ist.

Daraufhin erhielt Rudy Gay ein Stipendium der University of Connecticut, einer der besten Basketball-Unis Nordamerikas. In seinem Sophomore-Jahr am College, das er höchst erfolgreich bestritt, wurde ihm die Ehre einer Nominierung zum besten Collegespieler der USA zu Teil. In dieser Saison führte er sein College-Team, die UConn Huskies, mit 15,2 Punkten pro Spiel zu einer 30:3 Bilanz, bis sie in Verlängerung gegen das Überraschungsteam der George Mason Patriots aus Virginia 84:86 verloren. Trotz des enttäuschenden Endes seines zweiten Collegejahres entschied sich Gay, das College zu verlassen, um sich zum NBA-Draft anzumelden.

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Gay war Mitglied der Basketballnationalmannschaft der Vereinigten Staaten. Mit diesen gewann er 2010 und 2014 jeweils die Basketball-WM.

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New York Knicks swap a young player for more veteran help

One of the most surprising parts of the season has been the solid play of the New York Knicks. Led by their new head coach Tom Thibodeau and an All-Star level campaign from Julius Randel, the Knicks are very much in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. If they want to solidify their chances, adding Rudy Gay could help.

In terms of tradeable assets, the Knicks don’t have too much to offer the Spurs. Or at least there doesn’t seem like there would be a lot that they’d be willing to give up. Immanuel Quickley, Mitchell Robinson, RJ Barrett, and the rest of their young core should be off the table and I don’t think you’re getting a first-round pick for Rudy at this point.

But the Knicks probably would be willing to give up Kevin Knox in exchange for a better chance at making the playoffs for the first time since 2013. They’ve all but given up on him at this point and it sounds like he’s available.

To be frank, Knox has been a disappointment so far. After being drafted 9th overall back in 2018, Knox has really had one solid season in New York – his rookie year. It’s been a pretty consistent backward slide since then.

Call it misplaced optimism if you want but I’m not ready to pass a verdict on an incredibly gifted young player who had the misfortune of starting his career in a pressure cooker of a media market while surrounded by disfunction at almost every level.

This move wouldn’t help the Spurs in the short term but if there is a team in the league that could help Knox reach the potential that scouts saw in him a few years ago it’s San Antonio. Given their situation, I think you’ve got a chance to swap a 34-year-old for a 21 year old full of untapped potential if you’re the Spurs.

If we’re being honest, San Antonio isn’t winning the title this year. And I wouldn’t mind kicking a return to the playoffs down the road a year if it means adding a former first-round pick to the group of young players the Spurs are developing. This certainly isn’t the best trade option out there for Gay, but it’s one that the Spurs should consider looking into.

Isolating Rudy Gay is killing the San Antonio Spurs’ offense

Down 10 at halftime, the Spurs came out with more intensity in the second half of Monday’s game against the Hornets. On the back of DeRozan and some threes by Keldon Johnson, Patty Mills, and Rudy Gay, the Spurs trimmed the lead to five with 1:18 left in the third quarter. Then, Gay took matters into his own hands.

The play in itself is very makeable for Gay, who’s made a living in this league out of creating his own shot. Still, I want you to watch this play again and look at every other Spur on the court during his isolation. If you pause it at six seconds, you can see how all four of Rudy’s teammates are on one side of the floor, completely boxed out by the Hornets.

This play essentially guarantees a one-and-done possession for the Spurs if Gay fails to convert, which he did here with one of his seven misses in 11 shots. Again, Rudy is capable of making this shot, but is an isolation play for him really the best play when you have three outside shooters and a slasher on the court as well?

Gay ended the night with 10 points and four costly turnovers, many of which came from forcing the action too much instead of looking for the simple pass. Still, he received 25 minutes due to Lonnie Walker appearing to still be feeling the effects of his recent wrist injury. A healthy Devin Vassell, meanwhile, played just 10 minutes.

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay ist 34 Jahre alt (17.8.1986) und er ist 203 cm groß. Seine Trikotnummer ist 22.

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Memphis Grizzlies (2006–2013)

Die Houston RocketsNBA Draft 2006 den hochgehandelten Rudy Gay als 8. Pick, um ihn dann noch in derselben Nacht zusammen mit Stromile Swift den etablierten Shane BattierMemphis Grizzlies zu transferieren.

In seinem ersten NBA-Jahr schaffte es Gay bereits einige Male zu glänzen und zählte mit durchschnittlich 10,8 Punkten und 4,5 Rebounds nicht nur zu den besten Spielern seines Teams, sondern auch zu den besten RookiesNBA All-Rookie First Team berufen. Doch nicht nur durch starke Leistungen machte er auf sich aufmerksam, Rudy sorgte vor allem mit seinen sehr spektakulären Dunks für viel Aufsehen.

Bei den Grizzlies etablierte er sich über die Jahre als Topscorer der Mannschaft und erzielte etwa 19 Punkte pro Spiel in dieser Zeit. 2011 erreichte er erstmals mit den Grizzlies die Playoffs, musste jedoch verletzungsbedingt aussetzen. 2012 erreichte man erneut die Playoffs, wo man jedoch in der ersten Runde ausschied.

Toronto Raptors (2013)

Im Januar 2013 wurde Gay im Rahmen eines Drei-Team-Tausches zu den Toronto Raptors transferiert. Im Gegenzug wechselten unter anderem José CalderónDetroit Pistons und Tayshaun PrinceMemphis Grizzlies. [2] Mit den Raptors verpasste er die Playoffs.

Sacramento Kings (2013–2017)

Für die Raptors lief Gay nur bis November 2013 auf. Anfang Dezember wurde er von Toronto RaptorsSacramento Kings transferiert. In diesem Trade wurde neben Gay auch Center Aaron Gray und Forward Quincy Acy an Sacramento abgegeben. Die Raptors bekamen im Gegenzug Greivis VásquezJohn SalmonsPatrick PattersonChuck Hayes. Zuvor war Gay für die ersten Spiele der Saison 2013/14 Kapitän der Mannschaft der Raptors.

Auch bei den Kings wollte sich kein Erfolg einstellen und die Playoffs wurden verpasst. Dennoch verlängerte er am 19. November 2014 seinen Vertrag bei der Mannschaft um drei Jahre und 40 Millionen US-Dollar. Für die Kings war Gay bis 2017 aktiv, wobei er einen Großteil der Saison 2016/17[3] Trotz der Verletzung stieg Gay 2017 aus seinem noch laufenden Vertrag in Sacramento aus, um einen neuen Kontrakt annehmen zu können.

San Antonio Spurs (Seit 2017)

Nachdem diverse Teams Angebote unterbreitet hatten, entschloss sich Gay im Juli 2017 einen Vertrag über zwei Jahre und 17 Millionen US-Dollar bei den San Antonio Spurs zu unterschreiben. [4][5] Bei den Spurs verdiente Gay zunächst weniger Geld, kam aber in ein Team, welches deutlich bessere Chancen auf sportlichen Erfolg in der Liga hatte.

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Die Houston RocketsNBA Draft 2006 den hochgehandelten Rudy Gay als 8. Pick, um ihn dann noch in derselben Nacht zusammen mit Stromile Swift den etablierten Shane BattierMemphis Grizzlies zu transferieren.

In seinem ersten NBA-Jahr schaffte es Gay bereits einige Male zu glänzen und zählte mit durchschnittlich 10,8 Punkten und 4,5 Rebounds nicht nur zu den besten Spielern seines Teams, sondern auch zu den besten RookiesNBA All-Rookie First Team berufen. Doch nicht nur durch starke Leistungen machte er auf sich aufmerksam, Rudy sorgte vor allem mit seinen sehr spektakulären Dunks für viel Aufsehen.

Bei den Grizzlies etablierte er sich über die Jahre als Topscorer der Mannschaft und erzielte etwa 19 Punkte pro Spiel in dieser Zeit. 2011 erreichte er erstmals mit den Grizzlies die Playoffs, musste jedoch verletzungsbedingt aussetzen. 2012 erreichte man erneut die Playoffs, wo man jedoch in der ersten Runde ausschied.

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Im Januar 2013 wurde Gay im Rahmen eines Drei-Team-Tausches zu den Toronto Raptors transferiert. Im Gegenzug wechselten unter anderem José CalderónDetroit Pistons und Tayshaun PrinceMemphis Grizzlies. [2] Mit den Raptors verpasste er die Playoffs.

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Für die Raptors lief Gay nur bis November 2013 auf. Anfang Dezember wurde er von Toronto RaptorsSacramento Kings transferiert. In diesem Trade wurde neben Gay auch Center Aaron Gray und Forward Quincy Acy an Sacramento abgegeben. Die Raptors bekamen im Gegenzug Greivis VásquezJohn SalmonsPatrick PattersonChuck Hayes. Zuvor war Gay für die ersten Spiele der Saison 2013/14 Kapitän der Mannschaft der Raptors.

Auch bei den Kings wollte sich kein Erfolg einstellen und die Playoffs wurden verpasst. Dennoch verlängerte er am 19. November 2014 seinen Vertrag bei der Mannschaft um drei Jahre und 40 Millionen US-Dollar. Für die Kings war Gay bis 2017 aktiv, wobei er einen Großteil der Saison 2016/17[3] Trotz der Verletzung stieg Gay 2017 aus seinem noch laufenden Vertrag in Sacramento aus, um einen neuen Kontrakt annehmen zu können.

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Nachdem diverse Teams Angebote unterbreitet hatten, entschloss sich Gay im Juli 2017 einen Vertrag über zwei Jahre und 17 Millionen US-Dollar bei den San Antonio Spurs zu unterschreiben. [4][5] Bei den Spurs verdiente Gay zunächst weniger Geld, kam aber in ein Team, welches deutlich bessere Chancen auf sportlichen Erfolg in der Liga hatte.

Grading 3 potential destinations for Rudy

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Rudy Gay is perfectly serviceable as a slasher and hustle guy that can make plays happen in transition and off of spot-up shots. Going to him in the isolation in a halfcourt set was a great option earlier in his career, but it just isn’t the answer anymore.

As constructed, this team plays best when they’re all looking to create shots for each other, and that’s just something Rudy doesn’t do as often as he should.

The Spurs have one of the best isolation guys in the game for when they badly need a bucket. In today’s high-octane offense game, one is enough.

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“At the end of the day, the decision was made for me to be (in Toronto) and it worked out equally, perfectly for both parties,” Lowry said long after.

The Gay trade was just the start of the dominoes. Ujiri and Webster turned this guy into that guy and this fellow into that fellow to make the team what it is today. And Casey coached a team of guys he had little familiarity with into something of enhanced value.

The spinoff benefits were as good or better than the immediate dividends.

And don’t forget, that DeRozan-Leonard trade — which also netted the Raptors Danny Green — was another big win for Ujiri. No executive hits a homer on every transaction but it’s easy to see why Ujiri is so well regarded around the league.

“(The Gay trade) helped us in the short term. and in the long term it ended up turning around and becoming excellent assets for the franchise,” Casey said. “I thought those guys coming in helped take a step forward with culture, with winning, building what we were building on.

“That was really, really a start to give us a shot in the arm, to give us another step to building the winning program it became.”

The fit was important, since a group of new players joining an existing team can sometimes tear it apart. But the Raptors had done their homework. They had scouted Patterson and Vasquez when they were coming into the league and had some personal experience with them. They knew Salmons was a native of Philadelphia and would have the respect of Lowry because of their shared background, and Hayes had a reputation as a good teammate and had been with Lowry in Houston.

“Salmons was a huge one,” Webster said. “He was quiet guy but he’d been around a lot … there was an immediate respect there with him.”

Gay had arrived in Toronto from Memphis as the last gasp of then-president and general manager Bryan Colangelo, another stab in the dark in much the same way Gay’s departure was. Colangelo took his shot, it didn’t hit and it was left to Ujiri to reload.

The Raptors had missed the playoffs for five straight seasons going into 2013-14 and hadn’t finished with a .500 record since 2007-08. They needed another look to get back to relevance in the Eastern Conference.

“Players like (Gay) don’t come along that often in terms of their availability,” Colangelo said at the time of the trade. “This was a unique circumstance and we took advantage of it.”

The cost was not minor, though. Jose Calderon, arguably the most-liked player on the roster at the time, was dealt to Memphis and then moved on to Detroit in what was a three-team transaction, while promising young big man Ed Davis ended up with the Grizzlies.

The deal was seen in NBA circles as a salary dump by Memphis, which got out from under Gay’s contract, which still had three years and $53 million (U.S.) left on it. The Raptors were different but not necessarily any better.

“We’re losing two friends … but the wagon goes on. We have to move on,” Casey said the night Gay was acquired by Toronto. “We’re getting an excellent player in Rudy Gay. We’re going to play the same way … we can’t change midstream. We may change some things to accommodate Rudy, but we can’t change everything.”

The team’s fortunes changed just enough — the Raptors were 16-30 before acquiring Gay, 18-18 after — to make some think they had struck on something that might work. But they had missed the playoffs again, and that set in motion the moves that ultimately led to Ujiri’s return from Denver, Webster’s arrival as his right-hand man and Colangelo’s departure.

“It was the right move to make at the time,” Casey said of the first Gay trade, “but it just didn’t work out.

“To Masai’s credit, a lot of guys would have tried to make it work, make it work, make it work and … he found a way to move Rudy on to Sacramento. That worked out pretty well.”

Better, it could be said, than any Raptors deal ever.

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About Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay is a 34-year old American professional basketball player who plays at the Power ForwardSmall ForwardSan Antonio Spurs in the NBA. He was the 8th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft selected by the Houston Rockets. His 2020-21 season salary is $14,000,000.

About Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay is among the very best players who ever played for the Grizzlies franchise and had been selected as a member of the All-Time Memphis Grizzlies NBA team by 2K. He plays at the Small Forward position in this All-Time team.