When the Toronto Raptors went out and traded for Rudy Gay, they knew he wouldn't be able to turn this season around. They got him for the future. Now, they'll have to protect that future. Gay has missed three games this month with back issues, and it may be time to shut him down for the season.
According to ESPN, the Raptors are considering sitting Gay for the final stretch of the season. Toronto is not in playoff contention, so it would be best to get their leading scorer healthy.
"I would say that it's something that will be talked about sooner rather than later," Head coach Dwane Casey said.
Gay was good during his time in Memphis, but the Grizzlies were looking to build off of anything they could get in return for trading Gay. So the team traded him to Toronto. The Raptors have a solid club, and they hope Gay can put them over the top.
This season, the Raptors are 26-44. Gay has been fantastic, though. During the 2012-13 season, Gay has averaged 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. In his career, Gay has averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.