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Monday, 09 December 2013 00:40

Toronto Raptors Trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento Kings

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Toronto Raptors have traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, along with other players.

Since storming onto the NBA season in 2006, making the NBA All-Rookie First Team, Rudy Gay hasn't developed into the perennial All-Star that the Memphis Grizzlies hoped for when drafting him out of the University of Connecticut with the 8th overall pick.

It's the second time that Gay has been traded in 2013. Memphis sent him to Canada in a six-player trade in January.

Qunicy Acy and Aaron Gray are also leaving Toronto for Sacramento in what Grantland's Zach Lowe is calling a "salary dump for Toronto."

In return, the Raptors receive Greivis Vasquez -- the player who lead the NBA in total assists last season -- along with John Salmons, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes.

It's clear the Raptors, 6-12, are attempting to bottom out, especially with Andrew Wiggins (a Canadian) a potential prize in the 2014 NBA Draft.

A couple things stick out to me for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas steps into the starting role at point guard which means the Kings starting lineup looks like this:

1 - Isiah Thomas

2 - Ben McLemore

3 - Derrick Williams

4 - Rudy Gay. From the Yahoo report, the Raptors plan to use him in the stretch-four position and believe he and Williams can guard both forward positions.

5 - DeMarcus Cousins

Their bench isn't terrible either. Looks like the Kings, sitting 5.5 games out of the 8th spot in the West, aren't ready to give up on the season.

The main part that worries me, though, is how adding a volume shooter like Gay, will effect DeMarcus Cousins who has become the unquestioned leader of this Kings team. Seriously, is there any chance Cousins gives up his shots to a guy who's making less than 39 percent of his own?

I can't wait for this to be a smashing success or blow up in a most entertaining fashion.