The trade magician Masai Ujiri is trying to pull off another one of his tricks.
The Raptors of course acquired Gay midseason last year from Memphis in a blockbuster three-team deal also involving the Pistons.
Stuckey and Villanueva are both on the books for $8.5 million next season, with Gay set to earn $37 million over the next two years. The Raptors, recently under new management, are looking to possibly wipe the floor clean and begin again. Just a few days ago, the Raptors agreed to a deal sending Andrea Bargnani to New York for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and some picks.
With a young core in place, the Raptors are hunting more assets and future cap space. Offloading Gay would certainly help with that.
The Pistons have been searching for some kind of relevancy for some time now and have been linked to other big names like Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala this free agency period. They have around $20 million in cap space and are looking to make a splash.
Gay certainly would be an upgrade on their roster, but it feels like another likely step to nowhere for Joe Dumars and the Pistons. The team hasn't been relevant the past few seasons and while making a playoff push is step one, maintaining assets, cap space and talent is often the best path to success anyway.