Rudy Gay Trade Fallout
- By: Erik Siegrist
- On: 1/30/2013 4:43:00 PM
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So far, the 'official' part of the deal has Gay and Hamed Haddadi headed to Toronto, with Jose Calderon and Ed Davis moseying down to Memphis. Calerdon, however, is expected to be flipped to Detroit for what may be a package of Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. (UPDATE: The Pistons portion of the deal is now official.)
Here's a look at the fantasy impact of all the moving pieces:
- Gay goes from being the top scoring option on a solid playoff team to being the top scoring option on a mediocre team likely headed for the middle part of the lottery. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; the Raptors haven't had a scoring wing of his talent level since the days of Vinsanity and T-Mac, and he'll also be joining his good buddy Kyle Lowry to help get him comfortable in his new uniform. Toronto doesn't have a pair of post options like Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to take the heat off of Gay though, so while his raw scoring average might even go up his shooting percentage and efficiency might not.
- speaking of Lowry, he's now the man at the point in Toronto and has only John Lucas backing him up, so he should get heavy minutes (as long as he can stay healthy, which is no sure thing.) He should see a big spike in his production across the board.
- Andrea Bargnani has to be happy too. There was a real possibility, given how well Davis had played in his absence, that the big Italian would have to come off the bench once he got healthy, but now the way is clear for him to rejoin the starting five. Gay's rebounding ability also makes it a little easier for the Raptors to live with Bargnani's liability in that area.
- Davis is now stuck behind Randolph and Gasol in the Grizzlies' front court, and while he's clearly a better option than the likes of Jon Leuer or Darrell Arthur off the bench, his minutes and production will still take a hit unless Randolph gets injured.
- Haddadi might get a few more minutes in the short term in Toronto, but once Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas get healthy he'll go back to being a foul sponge at the end of the bench.
- Prince won't be able to replace all of Gay's scoring, so expect Randolph and to a lesser extent Gasol to get more looks down low. There's also more incentive for Jerryd Bayless to get minutes at the two next to Mike Conley Jr., rather than coming off the bench behind him. Daye's role probably won't be much different in Memphis than it was in Detroit.
- Calderon's the biggest wild card here. The Pistons have little incentive to start him over Brandon Knight and likely acquired him primarily for his expiring contract, so his minutes and production could take a huge hit. On the other hand, Knight isn't exactly setting the world on fire and Rajon Rondo's injury probably opens up a playoff spot for one of the lesser teams in the East, so Detroit could get frisky and make a run with Calderon leading the charge. Stranger things have happened.
- someone's going to have to play small forward for the Pistons. Jonas Jerebko is the most likely player to inherit most of Prince's minutes and is probably worth jumping on right away, but there's always a chance Corey Maggette pokes his head out of the doghouse and gets a look as well.