The Memphis Grizzlies are looking strong this season and it came as a shock in some ways that they were thought to be willing to trade struggling star forward Rudy Gay because of frustrating star to his season. According to the latest reports from Fox Sports on Jan. 17, 2013, it appears that any and all discussion of Gay leaving the team have been stopped.
As reported earlier in the week it appeared the the majority of the trade speculation around the star player was because of the hefty amount of luxury taxes that the Grizzlies are scheduled to have to pay out for the player in the next two seasons.
Reports from Fox Sports reporter Sam Amico claim that the club have called off the hope of trading Gay with their expectations of offers being much higher than other teams are willing to offer:
The Grizzlies like Gay, his 18 points per game and winning attitude. What they don’t like is the huge tax penalty that will result from his huge contract this summer. So the Grizzlies made some calls, found out what other teams might want for Gay, and apparently have given up. At least, it appears they have for now.
At the moment there really is no way that the club will be able to get the true value of the player in the current market and he is another piece of their great depth of skill that keeps them in every game they play at the moment.
In the short term the player will be much more valuable to the club if he stays. Once the season ends and depending on how well it ends, they will have a chance for a much better solution to their trade desires come summer time.
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