May 13, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) controls the ball during the first half of game seven in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
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Rudy Gay is easily the hottest NBA trade rumor name right now, as many assume the Memphis Grizzlies will dangle him to upgrade and gain some long-term salary flexibility. Gay is the sort of player that is good enough to make bad teams drool, but makes so much money ($16 million next season) that it's tough to find a proper fit.
"We're not looking to trade Rudy Gay," Heisley said. "We're not shopping him around. Period. Do we sit around and say ‘What if we traded Rudy, who could we get?' No. Right now, Rudy is part of the future of this team."
That's what you expect teams to say, but it does throw some saltwater on the issue. We'll see if this line of thinking holds as the NBA Draft approaches later in June.