Jan 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) shoots a free throw during the game against the New Orleans Hornets at the FedEx Forum. New Orleans Hornets defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 91-83. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden–USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Raptors pushing to acquire Rudy Gay

The Toronto Raptors are a team with good young talent and it looks as if they are pushing to add a star to that group in an attempt to make a push at making the playoffs.

ESPN’s Marc Stein has reported that Grizzlies are engaged in active trade discussions with the Raptors centering on Rudy Gay.

Jan 28, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

While Stein is reporting that news, he also notes that while the Raptors are Gay’s most active suitor, no initial framework for a deal has been agreed upon. Stein notes that The Raptors have been determined in their pursuit of Gay and also are interested in Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur.  Toronto is offering up Jose Calderon and third-year forward Ed Davis as two of the main pieces in a potential deal.

The Boston Celtics also appear interested in acquiring Gay, but it is doubtful that happens as they would likely have to deal Paul Pierce.

A potential Gay deal to Toronto would have some impact on the Knicks as it would bring just another talented player into the Atlantic Division, as the Knicks would have to see an improved Raptors team four times a season.

It makes sense for Toronto as they can sure up the small forward spot and can dangle Calderon’s expiring contract as bait, even though Calderon has been fantastic. Stein also notes that the Raptors are also looking to ship Kyle Lowry out as well.

Currently the Raptors are only five games out of a playoff spot, so as the deadline approaches, they will be looking to actively improve their team.

Memphis isn’t in a hurry to trade Gay, so it is doubtful a deal happens.

The Grizzlies are right in the thick of things in a tough Western Conference playoff race. After last week’s trade of Marreese Speights and others, the Grizzlies are under the tax line, so they won’t have to break up their current group of Gay, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley for financial reasons.

However, there is concern that the Grizzlies won’t be able to improve the roster a great deal in the future so if they do decide to trade Gay, you can bet they will be demanding a couple of first-round picks in any deal.

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