NBA Trade Rumors: Raptors, Pistons Trade for Rudy Gay on Hold

Apr 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors small forward Rudy Gay (22) shoots the ball during the game against the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Celtics 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons have made a pitch where the team sends Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for star forward Rudy Gay.

Apparently the Raptors are not thrilled with the offer.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein via Twitter, Toronto is currently withholding on the deal that would land them two expiring contracts:

 

 

Rotoworld explains that the Raptors are simply not desperate to clear cap space to make room for the 2014 NBA free agent class, and to not expect a deal to go through as a result:

To accept such an offer Toronto would have to be desperate to clear cap space for the free agent class of 2014, but GM Masai Ujiri isn’t one to make moves out of desperation. Nothing is likely to come of this unless Detroit significantly improves their offer.

It’s easy to see why the Pistons would have interest in Gay considering he averaged 18 points per game a year ago and the team has a gap at the position.

That said, it seems the Pistons have misjudged the Raptors as a team desperate to unload one of its best players.

 

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Topics: Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons, NBA Trade Rumors, Rodney Stuckey, Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors

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  • Thaal Jordan

    raptors have a competent gm now that won’t be swayed by dumb trades.

  • corleonee

    yeah about time..still get nightmares of the vc trade but that was then and this is now. dumars must be on crack

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