NBA trade rumors 2016: Rudy Gay sought by Memphis Gizzlers, Sacramento Kings other teams
If reports are to be believed, there are going to be some back and forth movements in NBA. While there are some rumors, there are some real movements too.
It is now confirmed beyond doubt that Josh Smith is back with Rockets after six month long stint with Clippers. It is needless to say that during this whole time and despite the fact that the team had spent millions of dollars on him, he remained an odd man out. The 30-year old Smith was in the news during his stint with Clippers for all the wrong reasons. The 6.9 feet basketball player looked a misfit with the Clippers.
In the meantime reports suggest that Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay is set to be traded before the deadline on February 19.
As many as five teams seem to have showed interest in him. This includes Washington Wizards. The 2015-16 Washington Wizards have been a big disappointment in the first half of the regular season. This team went from coming close to winning the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the division rival Atlanta Hawks to a team that is struggling to get back to .500 in 2015-16. They could change their fortune by trading for Gay as the forward could come in and start for the Wizards at either the small forward position or at stretch four depending on the matchup.
To be true Washington Wizards are not the only team to have showed interest in him. The Boston Celtics is another team very interested in him. The Boston Celtics have been in and around eighth place in the Eastern Conference for most part of the entire first half of the 2015-16 NBA season. They made the Eastern Conference Playoffs as a seventh seed for the first time under the tenure of head coach Brad Stevens in 2015. One player that may prove beneficial for the Celtics is Gay. Boston are in great need of a go-to scorer badly, as Stevens’ team is a defense-first type of basketball team.
Then there is Miami Heat that may also find him very useful. The Miami Heat are likely to get back into the Eastern Conference Playoffs after missing out on them in the first year post-LeBron James. But they would miss the home court advantage in the first round as a top four seed like many believed the Heat could easily get to with their strong starting five. The Heat are finding it tough to figure out how to run a decent playoff-caliber offense centered around point guard Goran Dragic. Miami ranks 24th in team offensive rating (103.2), 28th in points per game (95.8), and 29th in pace (92.1).
Besides, another team that may need him is Memphis Grizzlies. A return to Memphis looks very likely for Sacramento Kings wing Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies are without doubt an interesting destinations for Gay should Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac end up trading Gay before the NBA trade deadline. It may be recalled that Gay spent his first seven seasons playing for the Grizzlies before being traded to the Toronto Raptors during the 2012-13 NBA season.
Rudy Gay is also going to be very useful in the New Orleans Pelicans scheme of things. Gay is one player who could prove useful for New Orleans Pelicans. It is notable that Pelicans have failed to perform well in this season so far and Gay’s entry may change their fortune.