The Scoops: Wolves quickly rejected trade offer for Memphis' Rudy Gay
One minute after free agency began in July 2010, Minnesota
Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn reached out
to the Octagon basketball group to arrange for a face-to-face visit with
restricted free agent forward Rudy Gay.
A visit was agreed upon, but before Gay got on a flight for
Minneapolis, he re-signed with Memphis for five years and $80 million.
Two-and-a-half years later, Gay is readily available — mostly
because the Grizzlies, barring a trade of either him or another
high-priced player, will be in luxury tax purgatory.
So, this is Kahn’s chance to land a player he has long coveted. But
according to a league source, he turned down a trade proposal from
Memphis for Gay recently.
In fact, the source insists Kahn said no immediately. It’s unknown
what Memphis’ idea was, but since it was turned down emphatically, logic
suggests it involved All-Star Kevin Love and/or center Nikola Pekovic. It’s possible three- or four-team trade scenarios were discussed, too.
Until Gay is moved — which is not a given, even though Memphis is
calling many teams — the Wolves are worth monitoring. The source said
the Wolves like him, but the 2½ years and approximately $45 million
remaining on Gay’s contract is an issue.http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/The_Scoops_Wolves_quickly_rejected_trade_offer_for_Memphis_Rudy_Gay_011013