Rudy Gay has been vocal in saying that he does not want to be traded but rumors are swirling that the Sacramento Kings is still placing him on the trading block. And for a trade to happen, a suggested four-way blockbuster trade would send Gay to the Atlanta Hawks and Jahlil Okafor to the Boston Celtics.
Tom Atkinson of Sports Illustrated’s Fansided suggested the trade could only progress if the Hawks, 76ers, Celtics and Kings would agree. In Atkinson’s trade option. Gay would end up with the Hawks while Kings get Kelly Olynyk and Robert Covington. For the Celtics, they will end up with Jahlil Okafor as the 76ers will get Tiago Splitter, Marcus Smart, Tim Hardaway Jr., and a conditional Minnesota Timberwolves pick from the Hawks.
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Originally, Atkinson’s trade option sends Gay and Ben McLemore to the Hawks but according to ESPN’s Trade Machine, the trade would not push through. It stated that the aggregate outgoing salaries are greater than $9.8 million. Therefore the incoming aggregate salaries must be within $5 million of the aggregate outgoing salaries. The incoming aggregate salaries exceed $5 million in this trade. Thus, cutting $5,554,360 from the Hawks incoming trade value would make the trade successful.
Thus, to make it a successful trade, McLemore should be taken out and have Gay be sent to the Hawks. Having Gay and Thabo Sefolosha at the same time on the floor would give the team the needed offensive option. Gay brings in an average of 17.2 points, 1.7 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game while Sefolosha carries with 6.4 points, 1.4 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Atkinson noted that to address the Hawks desire for a wingman, Gay would prove to be the solution to that problem. Not to mention that the Hawks has Dwight Howard manning the center, which gives the Hawks a more solid defense inside the shaded area.
For the Celtics, they will get Okafor who has always been linked with them since the start of the summer. Losing Olynyk and Smart may raise eyebrows in Boston but having Okafor play alongside Al Horford would give the Celtics the size they need aside from having Amir Johnson and Isaiah Thomas spacing the floor for them.
And for the 76ers, they get a package deal with Tiago Splitter, who could guide their big men with his experience, point guard Marcus Smart and shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. Both Smart and Hadaway could very well help the 76ers in spreading their offense as they have potential big men who could possibly dominate the painted area. As a bonus, the 76ers would also get a conditional Timberwolves pick from the Hawks, which they could use next summer.
It may seem risky for teams to even consider this trade option, but there is always the other side of the coin. The Kings wanted to shop Gay to other teams while the Celtics have the assets but could not decide which trade to bring in the table to get Okafor. Looking at it in a positive perspective, it could bring change to the teams involved.
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