The Memphis Grizzlies have finally cleared cap room with sending Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team trade with the Detroit Pistons. Memphis acquires Tayshaun Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye with Detroit receiving Jose Calderon. Hamed Haddadi will also be sent from Memphis to Toronto but according to Ken Berger of CBS sports, he’ll likely be waived following a buyout.
This marks the second Grizzlies trade this month as they also got rid of Marreese Speights, Josh Selby and Wayne Ellington clearing up salary cap to avoid a hefty luxury tax during the summer. Toronto still has the services of Rudy gay for the next 2 years of his 5-Year/$50M deal as I expect his game to flourish with a new team being the primary star of a team in comparison to playing with the best front court in the NBA like he did in Memphis to only be a perimeter player.
Detroit has totally wiped out their salary with acquiring Jose Calderon’s expiring contract as they will look to go to free agency in the summer to build around Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight. Memphis is now set up in a good situation right now with acquiring veteran forward Tayshaun Prince who has championship experience and can bringing leadership to the team with helping Quincy Pondexter and Chris Johnson establish their game more now playing with him.
Ed Davis also fills the Speights’ void that was missing for a week and Austin Daye’s outside touch will also be able to spread the floor for the biggs. Every team won in this trade for the long-term but for the present, the Memphis Grizzlies are now positioned to make a deeper run in this year’s NBA playoffs with a proven winner in Prince who’ll help their new defensive scheme with Tony Allen.