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By JEFF MEZYDLO

Posted Jan 31 2013 11:53AM

Despite a hefty contract, the Toronto Raptors hope the addition of Rudy Gay will help them turn around their season and make a serious push for the playoffs.

The veteran small forward could debut with his new team Friday night when the Raptors look to avoid a fourth straight loss while trying to continue their recent home success against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Toronto (16-30) acquired Gay and little-used center Hamed Haddadi on Wednesday for veteran guard Jose Calderon, forward Ed Davis and a 2013 second-round draft pick. The Grizzlies then sent Calderon to Detroit for forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.

"Players like this don't come along that often in terms of their availability," Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo said. "This was a very unique circumstance. We feel like we took advantage of it.

In his seventh season, Gay averaged a team-leading 17.2 points - his lowest in the last six - while shooting a career-low 40.8 percent and 5.9 rebounds for Memphis. Teamed with good friend Kyle Lowry to form a talented backcourt in Toronto, Colangelo believes Gay could be the piece needed to propel the club into playoff position.

A loser in eight of 10, Toronto is 11th in Eastern Conference and 6 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot.

"This is the type of deal we have been looking for to take our team another step forward," Colangelo said. "Rudy Gay is a dynamic wing that elevates our talent level significantly."

The trade was a money-saving move for Memphis - Gay brings to Toronto a five-year, $82 million contract he signed in July 2010. He's due $16.5 million this season and $37 million over the next two.

Calderon, who broke in with the Raptors in 2005, averaged 11.1 points and a team-leading 7.4 assists. Davis, the 13th overall pick in 2010, has averaged a career-high 9.7 points while pulling down 6.7 rebounds.

"We want to thank Jose and Ed for their dedication and service to our organization," Colangelo said. "Both individuals are wonderful young men beyond just talented basketball players."

The addition of Gay could also present Toronto coach Dwane Casey with a quandary on the wing where Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson, Landry Fields and Terrence Ross are all the same type of player. DeRozan scored 23 while Anderson added 15 and Lowry totaled 14, 10 rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's 93-92 loss at Atlanta.

Averaging 20.3 points in the last four contests, the southern California native DeRozan scored 24 in a 102-83 loss at Los Angeles on Dec. 9. The Raptors have averaged 88.0 points and shot 37.9 percent while losing three straight to the Clippers (34-13) - all at the Staples Center.

Los Angeles, however, hopes to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat in Toronto. After losing their previous two by a combined 46 points, the Clippers were more competitive during a 98-93 loss at the Air Canada Centre on Feb. 13, 2011.

Looking for a third consecutive victory after dropping four straight, the Clippers snapped a three-game road slide with a 96-90 win at Minnesota on Wednesday. Blake Griffin had 26 points with 13 rebounds while DeAndre Jordan added 16 with 12 boards and Eric Bledsoe had 10, a season-high 10 assists and six steals to open a season-high eight-game trip on a positive note.

"We go into every road trip with the goal to win them all," Griffin told the Clippers' official website. "And you can't win them all without winning the first one."

Griffin has averaged 23.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in the last six games. Picking up the slack while Chris Paul remains out with a bruised kneecap, Griffin averaged 6.8 assists in the previous five before being held without one Wednesday.

He's averaging 20.0 points, 12.3 boards and 3.5 assists in four career games versus Toronto.

http://www.nba.com/games/20130201/LACTOR/gameinfo.html

FreaKeyy
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is chris playing?

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hope they don't take them lightly just because they won't have Rudy

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This one is a trap game, clippers come from winning two in a row, raptors no Rudy Gay, raptors are young and athletic, all they have to do is match the energy, before the raptors realize that they actually have a chance to win, just close them out early

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we say this one alot, but damn this is a trap game

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I believe is true though, I'm not just sayin because haha

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Don't even ask. Its better that you have a mindset that he isnt coming back anytime soon that way if he does come back you will be pleaantly surprised .

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They also may not have Kleiza, Bargnani and Valancunias.

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pageC4 wrote:
FreaKeyy wrote:
is chris playing?

Don't even ask. Its better that you have a mindset that he isnt coming back anytime soon that way if he does come back you will be pleaantly surprised .

My guess is he won't come back until we play Miami and NY.

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^

From an earlier practise report it sounded like Chauncey was more ready than CP3.

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Actaully, now its looking like Rudy Gay will play today:

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Stay tuned... RT @RaptorsMR: Bryan Colangelo tells media everything is on track at the moment for Rudy to be in uniform tonight. #Raptors

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Even if Rudy plays, they gotta be a little out of sorts. Still gotta stay focused. Our bench knows it's gotta play better than the last game, so hopefully they'll have a big game. I'm so proud BG has stepped up his game even more with Paul out. Yet I'm worried about his ankle. I hope he's not aggravating it further.

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Barnes suspended for tonight's game. If Rudy plays, we'll need Caron and Green to defend him and Derozan.

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Rudy ain't playing, they need to finalize the deal or something, kinda like when we got Nick Young, and he couldn't play for a game or 2.

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Amir Johnston questionable for tonight's game.

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Bad news guys...without matt barnes it will be tough guarding him...

Per Rotoworld:

Rudy Gay will play in Friday's game against the Clippers.

All players involved in Wednesday's trade have passed their physicals and the NBA has finalized the deal. That means Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye will all be available for the Grizzlies Friday as well. The only question mark for Friday is Jose Calderon, who is dealing with work visa issues. Gay hasn't even gotten a practice in with his new team yet, but we'd still be hard-pressed to not give him a start in fantasy. He'll step right in as the Raptors' best scorer.

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I'm more pissed that Hammed Haddadi is going to play because he can eat up all our rebounds if DJ doesn't box out.

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Gay on the floor changes nothing, he's still an overrated player and this way we'll know who the Raps will be passing the ball to and doesn't allow some random to burn us. We still got this. Hell with all our depth even w/ Barnes suspended, this shouldn't be cause for concern.

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I agree Gay is overrated but he's still better then most other players. i think we still should and will win the game. Hope we can slow Gay and Lowry down. Their timing should be off without practicing with each other.

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Who should I follow on Twitter when it comes to Clipper injury uodates?

clippermitch
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Dan Woike. He's the Clipper beatwriter for OC Register.

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i think bargnani will play as well. i dont care how overrated he and gay are, they can still put the ball in the hoop. clips need to pound the ball inside and punish them for lacking depth at the 4 and 5. we need ebled to play well and cut down on the turnovers.

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This may have looked easier on paper then it will really be,,take that to the bank.

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bledsoe's gonna have his hands full with lowry.

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^ maybe. but if bargnani plays, he will have his hands full with bg. probably even more. a potential x factor is alan anderson. no joke. the guy can score.

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clippermitch wrote:
Grillinnap wrote:
Who should I follow on Twitter when it comes to Clipper injury uodates?

Dan Woike. He's the Clipper beatwriter for OC Register.

Can't find him on Twitter. What came up was Dan Wolken, some college football writer.

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^ https://twitter.com/DanWoikeSports

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Thanks.

Did Ralph say Gay came from the Heat? LOL Ralphie boy.

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Wtf gay is play !!!! Crap

ekker3
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sweet! dude likes to chuck em up!

time for some offensive boards

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Yes! Blue jerseys!

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Blue unis!!

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all these early bricks!

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Ugly shooting so far.... Kobrick would be proud.

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love the blue unis.

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Gotta take that to the tim, Blake. DJ sucks at catching on the fly.

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Offensive boards here we go

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You mean the "we don't win much in our Blues" uniforms?

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I see we still understand defending the 3

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FightOnRon wrote:
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love the blue unis.

You mean the "we don't win much in our Blues" uniforms?

that was the previous blue unis.

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2nd chance points

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Dj is so active yes!

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Take Willie off.

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Not diggin the pace of this game.

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My epiphany,,,,when we really sucked we always seemed to beat the good teams but lost to everyone else,,,we are now the good team other teams rise up to beat. Other teams, the really bad ones, come in to annihilate us and many of them have. Look at these losers,,it is like game 7 of the championships to them,,,,eh.

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Nice picture MJSF lol

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I don't like the way this is starting off either

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Here comes Gay

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How did Turiaf get a cut on his face?

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Really sloppy start. Sick of how this team makes cupcake games much tougher than they need to be.

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