Rudy Gay’s time coming to a close?
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
All things considered, this is nothing for Memphis small forward Rudy Gay.
There are indications that the new Grizzlies management team is considering trading Gay — the player who was once seen as the centerpiece of the franchise’s future. But he swears he’s not concerned with the notion that he may leave the only NBA team he has ever known.
“It doesn’t bother me,” Gay told USA TODAY Sports of the revelation first made public by Grantland’s Zach Lowe in a Jan. 4 article that he was being discussed with other teams. “It’s not the first time. It’s the league. It’s my seventh year in the league and I’ve pretty much seen everything. If I haven’t seen it, I’ve been a part of it. It’s nothing new.
“I’ll be me there (at his possible new team). You are what you can do. Wherever I am, I can be me. As much as you want to be together (as a team), it’s up to the organization whether they want to keep you. For me, I think I owe it to my teammates to play like I play and not be bothered by it. “
Robert Pera, 34, is the majority owner of an investment group that bought the team from 75-year-old Michael Heisley for $377 million in late October. And while longtime general manager Chris Wallace was retained by Pera, a new management team is in place that is now spearheading the operation. That group is led by CEO Jason Levien (a former agent turned assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings turned minority owner of the Philadelphia 76ers), vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger (a former ESPN writer and advanced statistics guru) and director of player personnel Stu Lash (a former agent who spent five years working with the Denver Nuggets front office and coaching staffs).
According to several people with knowledge of the Grizzlies’ plan who spoke to USA TODAY Sports, they are actively calling teams all around the league to gauge the market value of several of their players, in part, … [For more on Rudy Gay's time in Memphis may be coming to a close, click here.]