Despite having the fourth best record in the Western Conference with a 29-15 record, the Grizzlies still traded 26-year old small forward Rudy Gay and 27-year old center Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors as part of a three team deal also involving the Detroit Pistons. The Grizzlies got 32-year old small forward Tayshaun Prince and 24-year old small forward Austin Daye from the Pistons and they also got 23-year old power forward Ed Davis and a 2nd round pick from the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors also sent point guard Jose Calderon to complete this deal.
Prince will replace Rudy Gay in the starting lineup at small forward. Prince played in 45 games (all starts) for the Pistons this year and he averaged 32.4 minutes, 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Prince shot 44.4% from the floor, 43.4% from the three point line and 79.6% from the free throw line for the Pistons…..so he has been shooting better than Rudy Gay. Prince has now played in 769 games (730 starts) in his first 11 years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.3 minutes, 12.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Daye will have the same role he had in Detroit…backing up Prince at small forward. Daye played in 24 games (0 starts) for the Pistons this year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Daye is shooting 44.3% from the floor, an amazing 52.5% from three point range and 83.3% from the free throw line so far this year….which is impressive. Davis will probably turn out to be the best player the Grizzlies got in this deal down the road. Davis played in 45 games (24 starts) for the Raptors this year and he averaged 24.2 minutes, 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Davis is shooting 54.9% from the floor but only 64.7% from the free throw line so far this year. Davis has now played in 176 games (50 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.0 minutes, 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Davis has a nice upside.
Rudy Gay played in 42 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 36.7 minutes, 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. But, he was only shooting 40.8% from the floor, 31% from the three point line and 77.6% from the free throw line so far this year. Gay played in 479 games (443 starts) in his seven years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 36.2 minutes, 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Rudy Gay made his mark with the Grizzlies as he is all over the record books. Gay is the all-time leader for the Raptors in both games played (479) and steals (640). He is also #3 in three pointers made (488), #9 in offensive rebounds (725), #3 in defensive rebounds (2,033), #3 in total rebounds (2,758), #8 in assists (954), #5 in blocked shots (420) and #2 in points scored (8,562) in Grizzlies’ history. Hamed Haddadi played in 13 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 6.7 minutes, 1.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Haddadi played in 134 games (0 starts) in his five years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 6.1 minutes, 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. Haddadi is no loss for the Grizzlies.
This deal wreaks of a salary dump. But, it might work out in the long run as Davis and Daye have nice upsides. Prince is a battle tested veteran who could help the Grizzlies in the playoffs.