Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto in the latest and most dramatic move in the Memphis Grizzlies makeover, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press.
The Grizzlies agreed to trade their star swingman to the Raptors on Wednesday, parting with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in the deal, and another person familiar with the negotiations said the Grizzlies were in discussion with the Detroit Pistons to swap Calderon for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.
Just over a week ago, the Grizzlies sent valuable reserve Marreese Speights and two other players to Cleveland in a move that cleared $6.4 million in salary and avoided a $4 million luxury tax hit this season.
The NBA acknowledged a pair of costly incorrect calls from the final seconds of recent games. The league says video replay showed that Denver’s Andre Iguodala reached in and fouled Indiana’s Paul George with the score tied at 101 and 2.2 seconds left Sunday. Iguodala was credited with a steal and the Nuggets won the game. The league also says a charging foul called against Dallas guard O.J. Mayo on Tuesday should have been a block on Portland’s Ronnie Price, who did not get his body directly in Mayo’s path prior to his starting his upward shooting motion.
Mayo should have been given two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining and the game tied at 104. Instead, Portland got possession and LaMarcus Aldridge made the winning shot.
Nets center chosen
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez was chosen to replace the injured Rajon Rondo on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
The East head coach, likely Erik Spoelstra of Miami, will decide who replaces Rondo in the starting lineup.
Union unveils reforms
Executive director Billy Hunter unveiled a series of reforms at the NBA players’ association. Hunter says the NBPA has adopted an anti-nepotism policy. He has fired his daughter, Robyn, and daughter-in-law Megan Inaba will leave her position following the All-Star game next month. There also will be conflict of interest and employee hiring policies, and certain positions at the union will be eliminated or reorganized.
Rodman the writer
Even Dennis Rodman laughs at the idea.
“Kind of funny, huh?” he said.
It’s true, though. One of basketball’s most outrageous personalities has written a book for kids. The Hall of Famer’s book, Dennis The Wild Bull, came out Wednesday and fans will immediately recognize Rodman’s influence. The large red bull on the cover has flowing red hair, two nose rings, a tattoo and red stubble under his chin.
“They’ll see me, literally see me. They’ll say, ‘Wow, this is just like him,”’ Rodman said in a phone interview.
Orlando forward Glen Davis was forced to leave the Magic’s game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night after hurting his left foot in the first half.
Both teams came into the game short-handed as Orlando was without leading scorer Aaron Afflalo and the Knicks were without veteran backup point guard Jason Kidd. … Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward missed his second straight game with a sprained right shoulder.