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Report: Rudy Gay Traded to the Raptors, Possible Three-Team Deal

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Rudy Gay #22 of the Memphis Grizzlies walks off the court after being defeated 82-80 to the Phoenix Suns following the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Chris FeatherstoneFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2013

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Memphis Grizzlies have decided to trade small forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. The Grizzlies will also acquire Ed Davis and Jose Calderon. Calderon is expected to be sent off to another team, likely the Detroit Pistons, making this a three-team deal.

Sources told Stein that the Pistons will be sending Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis in exchange for Calderon.

In addition to Gay, the Raptors are also excepted to acquire center Hamed Haddadi.

Gay was drafted initially by the Houston Rockets at the end of his sophomore season in 2006. From the Rockets, he and Stromile Swift went to the Memphis Grizzles for Shane Battier.

During his college tenure at the University of Connecticut, he was voted Big East Freshman of the Year in 2005, as well as leading UConn to a 30-3 record and the regional finals in his sophomore year.

Gay was sidelined during the 2011 NBA playoffs with a shoulder injury. He bounced back the following year, tying Shane Battier as the all-time steals leader of the Grizzlies with 523. He has since passed this record, now having 535.

This trade comes only three years into the five-year contract renewal that he signed with the Grizzles back in 2010 for $82 million.

Do you think this was a good trade? Civilly comment below.

 

Chris Featherstone is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, a writer for WrestlingInc.com, as well as a radio show host. You can follow him on Twitter @chrisprolific.

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