Ex-Grizzlies star tabbed as ‘great fit’ for title favorite

Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins-Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins-Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Former Memphis Grizzlies star Rudy Gay is available for the taking on the open market following his trade to and subsequent release by the OKC Thunder this summer. Though rumor has it a myriad of teams are “expected” to be interested in his services, recently one organization, in particular, was labeled as being a “great fit” for the veteran wing.

On July 31, Richard Pereira of Hardwood Houdini discussed the concept of the Boston Celtics pursuing the likes of Gay via free agency and suggested that his skill set “harmoniously aligns” with what the team is currently in need of.

"“First and foremost, Gay brings a wealth of experience to the table. As a seasoned veteran with over a decade of NBA experience, his on-court intelligence and leadership qualities would prove invaluable to the Celtics squad. Having played for various teams, Gay has encountered diverse playing styles and defensive strategies, making him adaptable and well-prepared to face the challenges posed by any opponent,” Pereira wrote."

Pereira would continue to specifically highlight Gay’s abilities as a two-way contributor.

"“He boasts an array of offensive moves, including an efficient mid-range jumper, a formidable post-up game, and the capability to attack the rim. This scoring creativity would greatly benefit the Celtics, providing additional offensive options that could alleviate the burden on star players like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.Furthermore, Gay’s defensive capabilities make him an even more enticing addition to the Celtics. The defense has been a hallmark of Boston’s playing style over the years, and his versatility at the defensive end aligns perfectly with the team’s philosophy.His six-foot-eight frame and athleticism enable him to effectively guard multiple positions, rendering him a valuable asset in today’s position-less NBA, where defensive flexibility is paramount,” Pereira wrote."


Though certainly past his prime, Pereira believes that adding on the former Grizzlies star could be beneficial in a ton of ways even outside of his on-court production, citing that his enviable 6-foot-8 frame would allow Boston more lineup varieties, his experience serving as a veteran mentor for the overachieving Utah Jazz last season would be a luxury on this still rather youthful club, and his 19 career postseason games could bring even more playoff familiarity to their title-driven hopes.

Despite seeing consecutive career-low minutes per game averages while suiting up for the Jazz over the last two years, Rudy Gay has still managed to show flashes of being a competent contributor when given the freedom to be one and wrapped up his Salt Lake City tenure boasting averages of 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.0 assists.

While some would adore seeing the veteran return to Grind City this season and ride off into the sunset with the team that he started his career with in the Grizzlies, Pereira has laid out a strong argument for why his fit in Boston may be too great to pass up on.