Rumor: Rudy Gay to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Celtics, Paul Pierce to the Grizzlies?

It’s that time of the year when the rumors start heating up. And here’s a new one.

According to Marc Stein, “more than one rival team” has suggested that a blockbuster trade could go down between the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzliesrudy-gay

So it’s premature, to me, to throw Pierce’s name up there with Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol on the list of high-profile names available this trade season, even though we’ve heard more than one rival team speculate — given that the Celtics and Grizzlies, sources say, have indeed held some exploratory trade talks since Gay hit the market — that a three-way deal where Pierce lands in Memphis, Gasol goes to Boston and Gay joins the Lakers makes “some sense.”

Now, in theory, this trade helps all teams involved: Rudy Gay would give the Lakers an athletic scorer to take the burden off Kobe, Pau Gasol would give the Celtics a legit center, moving Kevin Garnett back to his preferred power forward spot, and the Grizzlies would save money – the main reason they want to trade Gay – by making a move for Paul Pierce. Plus, they’d get a veteran to help lead their fairly young team into the playoffs.

Of course, three-team trades are always complicated, and Gay’s contract is very high for a guy who’s never been an All-Star, but it’s a move worth thinking about – especially as a couple of different teams could see it happening – and given the Celtics’ reported interest in Gasol last year.

It’s a longshot, but maybe there’s something there.

Written by Ross Pickering

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  1. Hey Ross,

    As I just told my NBA email buddies:

    I think this is a bad idea for the Lakers. If Pau can keep fitting in with Dwight beyond just the last game, then he has a better advantage for us. He needs to sustain that level, otherwise yes we need to trade him. However, I’m just that sold on Rudy Gay. He’s REALLY expensive for inconsistency. I don’t know if I’d be okay with that.

    Plus the Grizz don’t really have a need for Pierce. I know they’re looking to save money, but I believe they’d want to do that with younger, cheap pieces comes back, or at least an expiring that makes some sense.

    The Celtics would also lose. Though they unload Pierce for Pau, and let Garnett play his natural position, it would cost them MORE to get an older Pau. Though a Rondo to KG or Pau tandem would be really good for them.

    I REALLY hope this doesn’t happen. It doesn’t help the Lakers as much as I’d like it to. I’d advise Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak against the move.

    • Hey Shahin,

      The thing with Pau is whether he can keep doing that every night, especially when they’re playing again a quicker, more athletic team – the Lakers actually match up pretty well with the Jazz ‘cus they play two bigs, too.

      Plus, Pau has been pretty banged up in recent times.

      The Grizzlies want to save money and they’d save around $15 million (before tax) with this trade – both are having about the same statistical output right now.

      The Celtics need to shake things up, and this is probably a better move for them than moving a younger guy like Rondo. Pierce/Gasol contracts run out the same year. Celtics need a big badly.

      It’s worth taking a risk on this move – Gay would be great as a third option. He is owed a lot of money, but the good thing is, his contract runs out in 2015: the Kevin Love year.

  2. I don’t think that this happens. I believe they are using this as a way to set the “market value” on these players.

  3. This would be a horrible move for the lakers, gay is the same position as kobe and meeks is already coming off the bench for kobe there is no need for another sg for the Lakers especially if its for Pau who produces a lot of rebounds constantly and the Lakers need that right now over gays points cause kobe is already there for that. Plus who makes deals with the enemy? *cough*celtics* cough*

    but rest assured Lakers arnt THAT DESPERATE to get rid of Gaso or he would of been long gone by now , if they do get rid of him it sure as hell wont be for rudy gay.