— The NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 3, 2013
The Pistons are offering two players with expiring contracts in Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva for Rudy Gay. The Raptors small forward is scheduled to make $19 million this season and the rebuilding Raptors are desperate for cap space.
Why would Toronto do this trade? Cap space. The Raptors are in a rebuilding mode and having cap space to spend in next years rich free agent market will be an important component to the process. However, it has been reported by the Toronto Sun’s Ryan Wolstat that The Raptors may want more in exchange for Gay than two expiring contracts.
As I speculated earlier, told Raptors immediately said good job, good effort to low-ball Gay offer from Det No plans to move him for nothing
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) July 3, 2013
They may require a bit more in return but this deal isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The Pistons have a couple of big men on the bench that could offer Toronto the type of young player that may push the deal over the top.
How would this help the Pistons? It’s a no brainer, the Pistons get to turn two moderately productive players into one very productive player. Gay’s career average is 18 points per game with 6 rebounds. By sending Stuckey, Villanueva and a possible third player they could cover the transaction under the cap space and have some left over to re-sign Jose Calderon.
Whatever it takes, Dumars needs to get this deal done. An opportunity to correct the Stuckey and Villanueva mistakes will not come around again.