Toronto Trade Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento

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Toronto Trade Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento


Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento

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TORONTO - Rudy Gay and the Toronto Raptors just didn't work out, according to team general manager Masai Ujiri.

Ujiri said he didn't have a problem with Gay's talent level or attitude. But he said that the Raptors were lacking in chemistry, and changes had to come.

So Ujiri pulled off his second major trade since joining the Raptors in the off-season, sending Gay and his sizable contract to the Sacramento Kings.

"Phenomenal talented player, it just wasn't working," Ujiri said at a press conference Monday.

Ujiri said there were issues with spacing on the floor, and also acknowledged the suggestions that Gay and guard DeMar DeRozan did many of the same things on the court.

The seven-player deal also sees centre Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy head to the Kings.

The Raptors receive guards John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez, forward Patrick Patterson and centre Chuck Hayes in return.

For his part, Gay was looking forward to a fresh start with the Kings.

"Excited to say the least," Gay told reporters in Sacramento before the Kings hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. "I have a couple guys with me that came with me. It's a new beginning. I've been saying it all day. They have a lot of young pieces and I'm glad to be a part of it."

Gay averaged 19.4 points per game, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Raptors this season.

The move will free up significant cap space for the Raptors.

The six-foot-eight, 230-pound Gay was the Raptors' highest paid player with a contract that pays him US$17.8 million this season with a $19.3-million player option for next season.

The team also announced Monday that it has waived back-up point guard D.J. Augustin.

A first-round pick of the Houston Rockets in 2006, Gay came to Toronto from Memphis on January 30 in a three-team deal that sent Ed Davis to the Grizzlies and Jose Calderon to Detroit.

Gay posted averages of 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 35.0 minutes in 51 contests (50 starts) with Toronto.

Gay scored 20 or more points 27 times for the Raptors, with four games of 30 or more points. He was ranked second on the Raptors in scoring (19.5) and rebounds (7.4) this season.

While Gay often put up big scoring numbers, it often took him a lot of shots to do it. This season has been particularly troubling as Gay has a 38.8 per cent field goal percentage, well off his career average of 44.7 per cent.

"To be fair on Rudy, he wasn't having the normal shooting years that he's had," Ujiri said. "He was going through a tough stretch I think.

"That wasn't necessarily the case on what made our decision. I think it was more of just chemistry. Everyone could see there wasn't much sync there."

Ujiri has wasted no time putting his stamp on this team. Just 19 games into the 2013-14 season, the team is already looking vastly different to the squad that ended the last campaign. …

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