Once upon a time ago, the Pistons offered the expiring contracts of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva for Rudy Gay.
That offer was specifically on the table for the Toronto Raptors in July. And without any hesitation, the Raptors would decline that offer.
Five months later, the Raptors agreed to trade Gay, along with Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy, to the Sacramento Kings for John Salmons, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and Greivis Vasquez.
The Raptors may or may not be shaking their head at this very moment.
Looking at this deal for the Raptors, one could argue that they are seriously aiming toward tanking for 2014’s star-studded draft. That may not be a bad thing since the Raptors could use the talent, which is heavily consisted in the 2014 draft. But in terms of the better deal, they probably would have gained more from the Pistons offer.
Stuckey, who has emerged as one of the leagues best sixth-men, has an expiring deal of 8.5 million. As for Villanueva, he also has an expiring deal of 8.5 million, and could easily be flipped for something of value.
The only expiring deals that the Raptors have received from the Kings are from Patterson and Vasquez. The only thing about both of their expiring contracts is that they are rookie deals, so it’s not a whole lot.
The other two players going to the Raptors, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes, both have two years remaining on their contracts.