The ‘Cats will probably have to give up a decent amount if they want to nab the career 17.8 point per game scorer.
Here’s what the Charlotte Bobcats have that Memphis (or any team in the league, really) would want.
Three future first round draft picks, including two possible picks this season depending on where Portland finishes.
The expiring contract of Gana Diop.
Kemba Walker (not going anywhere).
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (probably not going anywhere).
The ‘Cats also have other assets that might entice the Grizzlies into a trade:
Jeffrey Taylor and his cheap 2nd round pick contract.
Gerald Henderson and his deal that expires this summer.
A cheap, but experienced and talented sixth man in Ramon Sessions.
The titanic, world-beating talent that is Tyrus Thomas (Yeah. Just making sure you’re still paying attention).
With a contract like Gay’s ($17 million next year, $19 million the next), Diop would almost have to be included in the deal.
Memphis would probably also want a couple picks, a young player, and maybe even Ramon Sessions.
Here’s a deal that could work, if it included one or two of the future picks Charlotte owns.
Honestly, though, the Grizzlies would probably want Sessions instead of Reggie Williams, and that might not even be enough to get Memphis to budge.
Would giving all of that away (one or two picks, Henderson, Diop and Sessions) be worth taking on Gay’s contract?
He certainly would give Charlotte a “right now” player, but he’d also limit the ‘Cats in free agency, take time away from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s development and probably walk away in three years if the Bobcats haven’t made significant strides into becoming at the very least a regular in the playoffs.