Word on the street is that Rudy Gay is going to Atlanta in exchange for Josh Smith. Not sure where it came from, but somebody said it.
Why this trade will never happen, unless the Memphis front office is a bunch of dopes… which means there’s actually a good chance this could happen, so here’s why this SHOULDN’T happen instead:
According to the rumor this is a clean swap, my small forward for your small forward. If you’re Memphis, you’re sacrificing about 5 points a game to gain 1 extra block, and a head case who’s made a name for himself as a complete enigma in the league. Josh Smith is in large part the reason Atlanta has stalled in its position as the fourth and fifth best team in the east. If you’re Memphis, a team looking to get over that hump, a player like Smith is the last player you want to bring in.
The paradox for Memphis is you’ve got to get rid of Gay, which should be like winning the lottery for any team–an expendable piece that also happens to be an allstar talent–but for the Grizz, it’s not so simple a transaction. You obviously didn’t need Gay at the small forward position to advance in the playoffs, so why would you trade for that position? But where else are you going to go. Point Guard? Conley was a hero in the playoffs, you can’t go there. Two Guard? You could upgrade that position simply by trading OJ Mayo. Center? Gasol. Power Forward? Please. I think in the end, the Grizz are going to have to resist the home run trade, and use Gay to bring in a better backup center coupled with a decent future draft pick should the wheels fall off the bus. Go get Gortat and a lotto pick. Dalembert and a lottery pick. Someone to solidify the bench coupled with a lottery pick. The Grizz aren’t in need of a star, which is what makes Gay so hard to trade.