Will Rudy Gay Come Back to Memphis Grizzlies in 2010-11 Season?

March 4th, 2010 by A. Enslen Butler Leave a reply »
With about 20 games left in the Memphis Grizzlies season, you have to wonder if forward Rudy Gay will still be around for next season.

Gay will become a restricted free agent at the end of this year, so a team can sign Gay, and Memphis will have a chance to match their offer. The two sides tried to agree to a contract extension in the offseason but could not.

I would guess that Gay's idea of a "fair offer" far surpassed what the Grizzlies were willing to pay.

Fast forward to this year. Gay is a key member, but not the most valuable member of a surprising Grizzlies team that has exceeded expectations. Despite averaging a little over 20 points per game and playing almost 40 minutes a night, Zach Randolph has emerged as the leader of this year's team. But Gay will want to be paid like an elite NBA player. The big question: Will Memphis pay him like an elite NBA player? He said that he is looking for a five-year, $50 million contract extension in November. Clearly, Memphis was unwilling to hit that number. But Memphis has said they will make him a qualifying offer in the offseason and will match any contract he is offered. What if a team overpays ...

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