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The W - Basketball - Grizzlies re-sign Rudy Gay for 5 years, $81.6M
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And the first "What the hell were they thinking?" offseason move goes to...the Memphis Grizzlies!

Gay agrees to max deal with Grizzlies


    Rudy Gay has agreed to a five-year, $81.6 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, his representatives at Octagon confirmed to Y! Sports.

    The fifth and final year of the contract will be at Gay’s option.


This is the same team that dumped Pau Gasol for peanuts. Essentially, that just resulted in them paying a max salary to a guy who's NOT a max player.

And then they'll wonder why they can't afford to keep OJ Mayo.

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No Gay/Love for the Timberwolves after all :(



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Actually David Kahn and the Wolves already beat the Grizz in a WTF was I thinking move by signing Darko to a 4 year 20 million dollar deal Click Here (sports.espn.go.com)

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I really like this move. I'm a huge Gay fan and I was really afraid they'd lose him this offseason. With him, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph (provided he keeps putting up numbers like last year), that's a nucleus they can really build around.
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Don't you wish they could have given max money to Pau instead of Rudy, though? This seems....overpriced to me. (Not that I ever had any clue what Kahn would have been prepared to give Gay to come to the T-wolves, because for some odd reason I found THAT scenario EXTREMELY unlikely)



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Don't you wish they could have given max money to Pau instead of Rudy, though? This seems....overpriced to me. (Not that I ever had any clue what Kahn would have been prepared to give Gay to come to the T-wolves, because for some odd reason I found THAT scenario EXTREMELY unlikely)

Because it's the NBA, it's hard to say what "overpriced" is these days. I'm not really sure what the whole deal was behind the Gasol trade...it did happen over two years ago, so there could be something that happened between that time to change the Grizz tune about spending $$. Then again, I don't know how the Grizzlies would've magically found this kind of money to pay Gay that they couldn't pay Gasol in the last two years. But yeah, I'd probably rather have Pau, though getting Marc in the deal certainly makes it more palatable.
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Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by CRZ
    Don't you wish they could have given max money to Pau instead of Rudy, though? This seems....overpriced to me.
If you took the time to weed through all of the JERRY WEST/LAKERS CONSPIRACY THEORIES!!! when the Pau trade went down, people were saying that the team was actually in dire financial straits at the time and may not have even survived as an organization had they not gotten that salary off their books in time. Even Greg Popovich, who HATED the trade at the time and went as far as filing a formal complaint with David Stern over it, later acknowledged publicly that he now understood the cost-cutting motives behind Memphis "giving Pau away" when they did.

So for the Grizzlies to go from all THAT to giving Rudy Gay max money now is mind-boggling to me.



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The crazy part of the Gay signing is with him being a restricted free agent, Memphis could have waited for someone to offer him the max and then matched it. All they did was bid against themselves.
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It is good for the Grizz to have Rudy Gay for another few more seasons, but I don't think he is worth $81 million.

The Grizz need to spend money on a couple of people who can come off the bench and help their starters out. These type of people are normally given less money, so who knows.

There are some good role-playing guys out there in the free agent market who could help the Grizz in the highly competitve Western Conference.
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With Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez coming in, hopefully the Grizz will be okay at the guard position. I don't think building a team around Rudy Gay is the worst thing you could do, but I agree that they perhaps could have gotten him for less money. I guess they're trying to show him some confidence. Also not the worst move you can make.

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