I hope the title of my Fan Post isn't misleading, I don't think anyone is actually reporting that we're in the hunt for Rudy Gay, but Zach Lowe does a piece where he claims the Grizzlies might offload him and the Clippers (along with almost half the League are mentioned).
Figured it would just be fun to talk about. I'm kind of intrigued by Rudy with this roster but certainly NOT for that amount of money. Iguodala is still coveted by me, and hopefully others, and he's a FA after this season. Maybe Caron, Bled in a S&T with Denver would be enough.
Via Zach Lowe: Los Angeles Clippers
Caron Butler hasn’t actually lit it up as the Clippers’ starting small forward, shooting 42 percent, barely getting to the line, and posting a PER around 11 — well below league-average. But he's shooting better than 40 percent from 3-point range, and he's become a solid corner spot-up guy — an important skill in this offense.
Still, it’s tempting to think what the Clippers might become by flipping Butler, Chauncey Billups, and Eric Bledsoe to Memphis, and locking in Gay as their future small forward.
Problem No. 1: The Clips are only about $500,000 under the tax line, meaning any deal in which they absorb enough salary to get Memphis below the tax would take the Clips over it. They’d have to offload significant salary to one of the Phoenix/Houston/Cleveland group, and there’s a price for that.
Problem No. 2: Carrying four massive salaries, including an assumed new deal for Chris Paul, is essentially a no-go going forward. The Clips would be butting up against the tax, and likely exceeding it, every season just filling out the roster.
A Bledsoe deal feels inevitable, but it will probably come after this season (or later), and this isn’t it.