Grizzlies Send Gay To Toronto For 3 Players in 3-Team Trade
MEMPHIS, January 30, 2013 – The Memphis Grizzlies acquired forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye from the Detroit Pistons and Ed Davis from the Toronto Raptors in a three-team trade that sent forward Rudy Gay and center Hamed Haddadi from Memphis to Toronto and guard Jose Calderon from Toronto to Detroit, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.
Memphis also acquired a 2013 second round draft pick from Toronto.
“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 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.
“On behalf of the Memphis Grizzlies, we especially would like to thank Rudy Gay for his contributions to the Grizzlies and the City of Memphis both on and off the court. We wish him and Hamed the very best.”
Prince (6-9, 215) is averaging 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists on .444 shooting in 32.4 minutes in 45 games (all starts) for Detroit this season. Currently in his 11th NBA season, the 32-year-old owns career averages of 12.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists on .459 shooting in 33.3 minutes in 769 games (730 starts), all with the Pistons.
The starting small forward for the 2003-04 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons, Prince brings a wealth of playoff experience and accolades to Memphis. The Compton, Calif. native holds career postseason averages of 12.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists on .435 shooting in 37.4 minutes in 118 playoff games and has been selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team four times (2004-08). The 2001 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year at the University of Kentucky, Prince also won a gold medal for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics as a member of the “Redeem Team.”
Drafted by Detroit in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft, Prince leaves the Pistons ranked fifth in franchise history in games played, fifth in three-pointers made (499), seventh in blocks (441), eighth in points (9,838), eighth in field goals made (3,960), 10th in rebounds (3,586) and 10th in assists (2,036).
Daye (6-11, 200) is recording 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists on .443 shooting (career-high .525 3FG shooting) in 14.5 minutes in 24 games (zero starts) for Detroit this season. Currently in his fourth NBA season, 24-year-old holds career averages of 5.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists on .409 shooting in 16.1 minutes in 206 games (24 starts) with the Pistons.
After two seasons at Gonzaga University, the Irvine, Calif. was drafted by Detroit in the first round (15th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
Davis (6-10, 225) is posting a career-high 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists on .549 shooting in 24.2 minutes in 45 games (24 starts) for the Raptors this season. The 23-year-old has averaged 12.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists on .557 shooting in 31.8 minutes as a starter and has seen those numbers jump to 14.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists on .554 shooting in 33.1 minutes over the last 11 games.
Currently in his third NBA season, the Washington, D.C. native holds career averages of 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists on .547 shooting in 24.0 minutes in 176 games (50 starts) with the Raptors. After two seasons at the University of North Carolina, where he helped lead the Tarheels to the 2009 NCAA Championship, Davis was drafted by Toronto in the first round (13th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Memphis’ leading scorer for each of the past two seasons, Gay (6-8, 230) averaged 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists on .408 shooting in 36.7 minutes in 42 games (all starts) this season. The longest-tenured player on the Grizzlies’ roster, the 26-year-old owns career averages of 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists on .452 shooting in 36.2 minutes in 479 games (443 starts), all with Memphis.
The franchise career leader in games played, minutes played (17,338) and steals (640), Gay leaves Memphis ranked second in points (8,562), second in field goals made (3,293), third in three-pointers made (488), third in free throws made (1,488), third in rebounds (2,758) and fifth in blocks (420).
After a two-year collegiate career at the University of Connecticut, the Baltimore native was drafted by Houston in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. Houston traded the draft rights to Gay and Stromile Swift to Memphis for Shane Battier on July 12, 2006.
Haddadi (7-2, 265) registered 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds on .333 shooting in 6.7 minutes in 13 appearances with Memphis this season. Currently in his fifth NBA season, the 27-year-old owns career averages of 2.0 points and 2.1 rebounds on .464 shooting in 6.1 minutes in 134 games (zero starts) with the Grizzlies.
The Ahvaz, Iran native became the first Iranian-born player in NBA history after signing with Memphis as a free agent on Aug. 28, 2008.