Rudy Gay: Griz didn't give me chance
Although he admits he "needed a change," Rudy Gay told Yahoo! Sports that he wished the Memphis Grizzlies' new ownership had given him a chance to show he was worth a big-money extension before it traded him to the Toronto Raptors.
Maybe Grizzlies owner Robert Pera was right. Rudy Gay's offensive production dropped dramatically in his last two seasons with the franchise. His effective field-goal percentage (combining 2 and 3-pointers) is the lowest in the NBA this season (min. 700 shots) and his 3-point shooting has plummeted, resulting in a big drop in offensive efficiency.
"You have to give me a chance to see if I'm worth that," Gay told Yahoo! Sports.
The Grizzlies traded Gay to Toronto in a three-team, six-player trade in late January. New owner Robert Pera, who took over the team on Nov. 5, has deflected criticism of trading Gay, the team's leading scorer at the time of the deal, saying he thinks the Grizzlies are still set up for a deep playoff run.
Gay told Yahoo! that he understands the new owners "want it their own way" ... "but it's a player's league."
Gay has averaged 19.8 points in his 15 games with the Raptors, although he has struggled with his shooting, which stands at 39 percent with Toronto.