Heisley last year on whether he would give Rudy a max deal. What changed?
"There's no question we have a high appreciation for Rudy and his talent," Heisley said, according to the report. "Now the question is how do you get to the right deal? If you're asking me, am I willing to pay as much as I can possibly pay? No. That's not appropriate in today's financial climate."
Would you trade Mike Conley and Rudy Gay for Devin Harris and Chris Douglas Roberts? It works cap-wise. The stuff I am reading says the grizzlies are getting very concerned about some team with cap space making some ridiculous offer to Rudy that won’t make sense to match (which Rudy should not be given anything near max money). I haven’t read anything about this particular trade but might make sense because the Nets are terrible, have cap space, and may be looking to trade Devin Harris. Harris is a clear upgrade at the 1 for the Grizzlies and I think some team flush with cap space this summer (perhaps N.J or the Knicks) goes after him after Wade stays in Miami and Lebron stays in Cleveand. We can't overpay for Rudy when we have OJ and Marc (and Randolf?? I can't beleive I just wrote that) coming up for extensions after next year. Rudy won’t keep rebounding like he is doing now once he gets paid. Like to hear your thoughts.
Wallace mistakenly said "Jason Williams" yesterday on the Chris Vernon Show. Everyone, including Chris, thought he just slipped up and was talking about Marcus Williams. Now, I am not so sure as it appears he may have just slipped up and was actually talking about Jason Williams, just a bit prematurely.
I am now convinced that Heisley is trying to ruin what little of an NBA franchise we have left. It is an absolute joke what we have become.
Every NBA team knows they can "sucker" the Grizzlies into these trades where we get nothing except a few bucks for use of our cap space. If we are not getting at least a late first round draft pick in this Dallas-Toronto deal, then why are we doing it? It makes no "basketball sense" . . . we are helping other teams get better while not getting any better ourselves. We are the only team in the NBA that has been making deals based STRICTLY on economics for the last two years. Chris Wallace has been preaching "flexibility" for two years and this has gotten us Zack Randolf, probably Allen Iverson, and a bunch of people that we have bought out - Steve Francis, Antoine Walker, Adonal Foyle, Chris Mimm - and those are the people I can just think of off the top of my head. The ironic thing is that we traded Pau for this flexibility because he was overpaid and we needed to get out from under his contract and what did we get instead? A guy making the same kind of money with similar numbers with a worse attitude. It's unbelievable - it really is. I think Heisley and Herenton are giving advice to each other. . .
I generally agree with Chris about Rudy but think that $10 million is a bit much, especially when all he does is basically score points. He doesn't rebound well for his size, doesn't pass and doesn't play defense. He is, at best, a third option on a good team and that isn't worth $10 million.
This is disaster. Heisley is going to say that he is spending money but this a worthless signing that is not going to help us in the long run.
Assuming the salaries work, which team wouldn't make this deal?
Grizzlies - Get Beasley, Chalmers
Heat - Get Rubio, Gay
Wolves - Get Thabeet
It makes sense on a lot of fronts:
Wolves get Thabeet, who they coveted and only give up Rubio, who doesn't want to play for them anyway and they still have Flynn to play point.
Griz get a power forward and a "back-up" point guard although I think it might be debatable which point guard would start . . .We lose Gay but he is going to ask 10 million next year, which he is not worth.
Heat get a point guard to play along side Wade and give up a forward who Riley doesn't really like anyway. Rubio would definitely want to play for Miami and Heat have enough room to go after Bosh or another power forward next year without having a "controversy" on who is playing the 4. I would really like Chalmers in there but I think I would do it without him from the Grizz point of view.
By Richard Alley
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