January 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors: No Need for Rudy Gay


Many reports have indicated that the Warriors have expressed intrest in Rudy Gay. Gay, who is on the trading block, was talked about moving to The Celtics, The Kings, and the Timberwolves. The Warriors, who showed interest in him may be making a mistake in putting some players into the trade.

Analyzing the Situation: If Rudy Gay comes to the Warriors, he’ll want to be the primary scorer. David Lee and Stephen Curry already have those roles. If Gay comes into the picture, averaging 18 PPG, his production will go down, and the trade will eventually become useless. No team will have 3 players averaging around 20 PPG, it’s very unlikely. Harrison Barnes works at Small Forward.

Why It’s A Bad Move: Again, Gay will take away some points from Curry and Lee, who shouldn’t be broken of their hot streaks right now. Then there’s the aspect of who the Warriors are willing to give up. Klay Thompson is a future superstar and is just starting to figure the NBA out. Harrison Barnes has proved to be a very valuable pick, and is benefiting. His explosiveness helps the Warriors: he can get to the basket whenever he wants. Other players such as Draymond Green and Jarrett Jack are huge parts of the Warrior success. I don’t think Memphis will accept a trade that doesn’t have a scorer that averages above 15 PPG. Plus, a Curry and Thompson backcourt (splash brothers), is finally a good fit. If Thompson is traded, the Warriors won’t have a successful backcourt.

So far, the Warriors are 23-13. What more can they ask for? At this time, last season, the Warriors were slogging just to keep up with the 10th seed. Just because an unfortunate 12 game stretch comes along, doesn’t mean it’s going to put the Warriors in 9th place. The Dubs will probably be in at least the 8th position by the time they see daylight.

Making a huge move could disturb the already-built chemistry that this team has. Adding a big time scorer like Rudy Gay isn’t good for the Warriors. It’s a good thing that the Warriors have shown interest in someone, but they shouldn’t be making drastic changes. There’s just no need.

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