The Grizzlies, Raptors and Pistons agreed to a six-player trade Wednesday that sent star swingman Rudy Gay to Toronto.The Grizzlies, in the midst of a money-motivated makeover, acquired forward Ed Davis and veteran guard Jose Calderon in the deal that also sent backup center Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors.
Memphis then shipped Calderon to Detroit forAustin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.The Grizzlies also received a 2013 second-round pick from Toronto as part of the deal.
The Dallas Mavericks, sources said, were also interested in acquiring Calderon but were not prepared to surrender swingman Vince Carter, whom Memphis coveted to help fill the void created by Gay’s departure.
Memphis general manager Chris Wallace thanked both Gay and Haddadi for their time with the Grizzlies.
“We are excited to add three players who bring with them a tremendous amount of value to our team and have achieved incredible success on the pro, college and Olympic levels,” Wallace said in a statement Wednesday night. “In these players, we welcome NBA Champion and Olympic gold medalist Tayshaun Prince, as well as up-and-coming athletic forwards Ed Davis, who won an NCAA title at North Carolina, and Austin Daye.”
The moves surprised many around the league, including Calderon.
“It’s been my home for eight years,” Calderon said in Atlanta, shortly before leaving the arena. “I’ve done everything possible for this team. It’s tough. The fans have been with me since Day 1. It’s tough.”
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