The Memphis Grizzlies are putting out feelers to see what type of offer they could receive for star forward Rudy Gay if he were put on the trading block. Memphis has not said whether or not they will make Gay available via trade, but they are certainly doing their homework.
Zach Lowe of Grantland reports that the Grizzlies are checking out what a potential Gay trade would bring in return:
All of this explains why Memphis, over the last few weeks, has made it known in preliminary talks with other teams that Rudy Gay could be available via trade, according to sources around the league. Memphis also has a brand-new ownership and a revamped front office; John Hollinger and Jason Levien are in, longtime personnel gurus the Barones are out, and Chris Wallace’s current level of power as holdover GM is unclear. They can also cite their exciting 2011 playoff run without Gay, though that run involved a superhuman performance from Zach Randolph, a very good matchup in San Antonio, and a much deeper wing core with actual shooters.
NBA trade rumors will continue to heat up over the next month and there will be many names to keep an eye on. If Gay does hit the trade market, Lowe says to keep an eye on Minnesota, Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto and Houston.
Memphis will have a lot of offers if Gay is made available, but it would be in the team’s best interest to keep their star forward if they hope to make a serious push for the postseason.