|Rudy Gay. (Getty Images)|
After word surfaced Monday that the Grizzlies are finally actively pursuing a trade of Rudy Gay in order to get under the luxury tax, and after reports came to light indicating talks between Memphis and Phoenix, another team has now entered the discussion.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Warriors have also been involved in talks with Memphis for the athletic forward. Talks have stalled due to Memphis' reluctance to take on Richard Jefferson's remaining $21 million.
The Warriors have been after Gay for some time, dating back to before the 2012 draft, when the Dubs were actively seeking a veteran wing. The Warriors have money to dump in the form of Andris Biedrins and other players. The Grizzlies are said to be pursuing a cash dump only, with draft picks as the only value in return.
But if the Grizzlies are going to do such a move, they don't want to receive an aging player with limited ability on an eight-figure salary. But it shows you a little bit of how much the Grizzlies have mismanaged this process. Gay is their third-best player, and teams are opening the conversations with this:
"Well, I guess we can take Rudy Gay, but you have to take our worst-to-second-worst contract back."
This will not end well for Memphis if this is the path they continue on.