The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off another successful NBA regular season clinching the fourth seed in the Western Conference and proving to their doubters that they are a team on the rise in the NBA. Even though the Grizzlies were bounced in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the up-and-coming Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis has a bright future with the core intact.
Coming into the NBA offseason, the Grizzlies will have some tough decisions to make as they will have to decide whether or not to trade away arguably their best player in Rudy Gay. With Gay scheduled to make $53.6 million over the next three years of his contract with the Grizzlies, Memphis might be in for a big hit in terms of tax.
With that being said, the consensus is that Gay might be the one player the Grizzlies decide to move via trade over the summer. There’s no question that Gay was able to re-establish himself as one of the best small forwards in the game this season after recovering from injury, but his poor showing in the playoffs may have convinced the team that he needs to be the first one to go.
Another player that has gotten a lot of talk in terms of being traded over the last two seasons is O.J. Mayo. With Mayo emerging as their best player off the bench and a legitimate starter if need be, the Grizzlies might ultimately decide to move him as well or instead of Gay, but it seems more likely that Gay will be moved.
Potential destinations for Gay are the Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets.
Perhaps the most likely destination is in Brooklyn with the Nets looking to acquire another star to convince All-Star point guard Deron Williams to stay.
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