Austin Daye was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team deal on Wednesday (Jan. 30). According to a report on the deal, the Detroit Pistons acquired Jose Calderon as their part of the deal. The other components are Ed Davis and Tayshaun Prince going to Memphis and then Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi going to the Toronto Raptors.
Daye, a former forward for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, will likely come off the bench for the Grizzlies. It is likely that Prince will become their starting small forward and that the rotation will be one very similar to how the pair played with the Pistons.
So far this season, Days has been averaging 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in limited action for the Pistons. He has become a very good three-point shooter, though, so maybe the Grizzlies will figure out a way to use him more often than the Pistons did. The bad news for Daye is that he still has to come off the bench behind Prince.
At the end of the current season, Daye will become a restricted free agent, so it is possible that he could sign a contract with a new team. That might be a good move for his career, because it would allow him to finally get out of the shadow that Prince created in Detroit. Maybe Austin Daye could go to the Seattle Sonics if the Sacramento Kings ended up moving, allowing his fans in Washington to come watch him play.
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