Latest News, NBA / Dec 8, 2013 / 10:00 pm

Report: Raptors Trade Rudy Gay To The Kings

Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay (photo. Douglas Sonders)

Earlier tonight, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news the Toronto Raptors had traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. Gay was pulled from Toronto’s starting lineup tonight at the Staples Center where they were set to take on the Lakers in Kobe Bryant‘s return. Gay is joined by fellow Raptors Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray in the deal, with Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes headed to Toronto.

So far this season, Gay was averaging 19.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, both career highs, but he was shooting a career low 38.8 percent from the field. While Gay is long and athletic enough to get his own shot seemingly anywhere on the court, he’s extremely inefficient from the field, which is a large reason the Grizzlies decided to trade his contract last year after hiring former ESPN NBA analyst John Hollinger, the architect of Player Efficiency Rating (PER).

Reports had already surfaced earlier this season that new Raptors GM Masai Ujiri — himself a proponent of advanced analytics that cast Gay in a poor light — was shopping Gay around the league. Aside from center Jonas Valanciunas, all the Raptors were on the table in order to move Gay’s $17.8 million contract this year off the books and eliminate a possible $19 million player option he was due next season. The move creates a lot of flexibility for Ujiri and the Raptors this summer, and Gay can still play for a possible new long-term deal this summer while with Sacramento or opt-in on that remaining $19 million next season.

Both teams involved in the trade are 5-13 on the year, and don’t figure to be players in the playoffs this season. The Kings unloaded Greivis Vasquez, who had started all 18 games this season for Sacramento and led them in assists in that span (5.3 per game) after coming over from New Orleans as part of the Tyreke Evans sign-and-trade this summer. But the Kings thought Vasquez was expendable with the continued strong play of Isaiah Thomas off the bench, but almost always finishing games for them. Zeke is averaging 17.8 points and 4.9 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.

The rest of the players involved were thrown in to make the contracts work, but the move dramatically rearranges Sacramento’s lineup with Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears reporting that Sacramento will use Gay as a stretch power forward with recently acquired ‘Wolves forward Derrick Williams able to guard either forward spot with DeMarcus Cousins at center.

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  • north

    Spencer please never call this Isaiah Thomas “Zeke” ever again. Don’t be that guy. Did you call the other Ervin Johnson “Magic” too?

  • 2cents

    Am late to this one, but being the only Raptors fan in the forums, I am directing the world’s biggest WTF at Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. Has a got a thing for trading away franchise small forwards?

    Financial freedom is one thing, but didn’t he see how that worked in Dallas the past few years? Who wants to come to Toronto? No picks? Who do the Raptors now play at the 3? Why do we need another below average bevy of 4s?

    Why am I bothering to ask questions, when no one else cares?