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NBA Trade Rumors: Rudy Gay Draws Interest from Orlando Magic, According to Report

Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

The Memphis Grizzlies find themselves in a salary-cap bind and are looking to avoid having to pay the luxury tax for the 2012/13 NBA season, and as such may have to trade high-scoring small forward Rudy Gay, reports Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD. The Orlando Magic, he says, are among several teams interested in acquiring the high-flying 25-year-old.

The former Connecticut standout has been remarkably consistent throughout his six-year NBA career, averaging between 18.9 and 19.8 points in his four most recent seasons, and shooting between 45.3 percent and 47.1 percent from the floor during the same span. His career averages stand at 17.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 steals.

Gay has three years remaining on his contract, including a player option worth $19.3 million for the final season, according to ShamSports. It's unclear what Orlando might be able to offer Memphis in a trade for Gay, given the Grizzlies' desire to shed salary and Orlando's lack of attractive assets.

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