Could Pistons serve as third team in Rudy Gay-to-Raptors trade?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

But sources say that the Raptors, undaunted by that stance, continue to pursue Gay and also covet Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur. Toronto, sources said, has made veteran point guard Jose Calderon and blossoming young forward Ed Davis available as the two cornerstones of its offer.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The final hurdle for the salary dump of Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors hinges on finding a third team to absorb the expiring contract of Raptors guard Jose Calderon, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

"With so many quality point guards, they’re struggling to find a spot for Calderon," one league general manager told Yahoo! Sports.

Preferably, the Grizzlies want a less expensive small forward to plug into the lineup for Gay, sources said. Memphis has been relentless in shopping Gay over the past several weeks.

Hey, I know a team that doesn’t have a quality point guard. Sure, Brandon Knight has good value because of his potential, and Will Bynum has great peaks. But, at this moment, neither is an above-average starting point guard.

Calderon might not be, either – he’s near the median – but he’d be a short-term upgrade who comes with an expiring contract. If the Pistons want to make the playoffs, he would help.

He would also help Detroit evaluate how much a pass-first point guard would help this roster. Calderon is 31, so he’s probably wouldn’t be around once the Pistons’ younger players hit their primes, but perhaps the Pistons need someone of his mold. For the rest of this season, he could help them determine that.

So, whom would the Pistons send to the Grizzlies?

The Pistons have two small forwards of appreciable value: Tayshaun Prince and Kyle Singler.

Prince is the steady veteran who would probably play better in Memphis than Detroit. He’d like the Grizzlies’ slow pace and defensive-first style. Plus, he’s proven as a complementary option on a top team.

Singler is very valuable, locked in for the rest of this season and the next two at $1 million per year. But’s he not as experienced or well-rounded as Prince.

The framework of the trade, if it includes the Pistons, sounds like it would include a few basics:

  • Gay to Toronto
  • Ed Davis to Memphis
  • A draft pick from Toronto to Memphis
  • Jose Calderon to Detroit
  • Prince and/or Singler to Memphis

Here are three trades that would fit the parameters, because I’m not exactly sure whether Memphis would prefer Prince, Singler or require both. All three would include a pick from Toronto to Memphis.

1. Prince version

2. Singler version

3. Prince and Singler version

I’d definitely do No. 1. I’m up in the air about No. 2 and No. 3.

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