Raptors get: John Salmons Greivis Vasquez Patrick Patterson Chuck Hayes
With the earlier trade with the Wolves of Derrick Williams for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Wolves look vastly different from even a week ago - and are probably set to not be able to make any more moves this season AND next.
It's for the Raptors, who free themselves of Gay's contract (thru the end of next season) for ones which largely resolve this season. They're also a much worse team, which would help them tank if their division wasn't already so awful.
That's the crazy thing, the Raptors might actually get a bit of a "Ewing theory" bounce without Gay, who's one of the more overrated players in the NBA. Masai Ujiri has managed to unload both this stiff and Bargnani off the TO roster within just a few months as Raptors GM, that's a minor miracle.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
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Here's the funny thing: Some people said that the Nets couldn't stop Pierce and Walker in the last series. So what did the Nets do? They stopped them both in the fourth quarter. There are ways to beat Shaq: