Asinine Rudy Gay Trades: Are The Kings A Match?

May 13, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) during the second half of game seven in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at FedEx Forum. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 82-72. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Mr. Tom Lorenzo of SB Nation's Grizzlies blog Straight Outta Vancouver had the opportunity to ask other network bloggers whether their teams might be interested in a certain Rudy Gay, the hottest trade name of the summer, and if so, for what? I gave a noncommittal answer.

The Kings are a sweet spot team in this discussion, with cap space to burn, a desperate need for a small forward and some groovy assets. The Kings have $12 million in space, without accounting for its own free agents. Since Gay is due $16 million next season, something like John Salmons or Francisco Garcia plus the team's No. 5 pick for Gay would work by the books. Would it work for the Kings, who claim to be ready to rise and to have interest in a veteran (see: Salmons)? That seems unlikely given the strength of the draft; they stand a chance at landing Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson. Those guys on rookie contracts help you a lot more than Gay nearly maxed out.

That's my feeling on the matter. Under no circumstance would I trade Tyreke Evans for Gay, unless Marc Gasol changes his name to Rudy Gay, and then I'd think about it. I know other opinions differ. Let's hear them.

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