Wednesday wasn't the first time that Rudy Gay and the Raptors were uttered in the same sentence. (Getty)Bryan Colangelo called it a positive step forward when he spoke to the media Wednesday evening regarding the trade that had brought Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi from Memphis to Toronto in exchange for Ed Davis, Jose Calderon and a second-round draft pick. (Calderon was then flipped from Memphis to Detroit for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.)
Now Colangelo is right when he says the move is a step forward for the Raptors franchise as acquiring Gay instantly makes Toronto a better team. He is a talented wing who is going to help generate offense and he instantly becomes the go-to guy on key possessions, especially when trying to close out games, an area where the Raptors have struggled this season.
However, is it the right step forward and is this the right time for the Raptors to be adding a player like Gay? He’s currently playing through the worst season of his career and his statistics over six-plus years in the NBA prove that at best, he’s a borderline all-star. Oh and he just happens to be owed more than $37 million over the next two seasons.
While Calderon was a class act and a fan favourite in Toronto it was only a matter of time before the Raptors moved him and handed the reigns to Kyle Lowry, especially with Calderon’s contract expiring at the end of this season However, in Ed Davis the Raptors gave up a player who was just coming into his own and somebody who could have been a key piece to the organization’s future. Should he thrive in Memphis alongside Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph there will be plenty of fans up in arms in Toronto.
Oh and speaking of Raptors fans here's a mixed bag of their thoughts on adding Gay and losing Calderon and Davis.
Pretty excited to see Rudy Gay play for the raptors
— Denzel Borrice (@DenBorrice) January 31, 2013
Rudy Gay has shot over 45% for the last 5 years and Memphis just dumps him for having a bad half year..? The #Raptors got a steal.
— Corey Chaconas (@Broconas) January 31, 2013
Raptors trade Calderone and Ed Davis for Rudy Gay. Another bad deal for Colangelo. Bargnani next for a bag of balls? — JP (@Balluptime) January 31, 2013
Rudy gay and haddadi for Jose and Ed Davis? As good as Rudy is, that's a bad trade for Toronto
— Jordan (@JordanR_I) January 30, 2013
@raptors Get rid of this guy. Worst trade ever in raptors history. Thanks for ruining my favorite team Bryan Colangelo.
— Cody's (@86Cdub) January 31, 2013