Re: Larry Sanders
With Mayo, what he's putting up now is pretty much what he is. A good 3rd option on a contending team, a solid 2nd option on a fringe playoff team.
The Phoenix trade could actually help Memphis. They could get Jared Dudley, plus a couple draft picks, and a guy like Shannon Brown to help their bench. Dudley's a pretty underrated guy. Sure he doesn't have the athleticism of Gay, but he makes up for that with his higher BBIQ, his higher efficiency and his better defense. But yeah, the only reason why Memphis is exploring a trade of Rudy is because of his contract. They're a small-market team. They can't afford to pay Rudy Gay the money they're paying him if he isn't playing at that level.
And it's funny, because during the lockout the owners & Stern were saying how they made those salary cap changes, the harsher luxury tax penalties, etc. to benefit the small-market teams when it's done more harm than good. Because of their new rules, now small-market teams like Oklahoma City and Memphis, can't afford to keep their core together and are pretty much forced to trade them off to other teams because they can't afford to pay a high luxury tax every season.
Last edited by Earl the Red Nosed Reindeer; 01-10-2013 at 04:52 PM.