Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Memphis trades Rudy Gay in 3-team deal

Because of the complexities in the three-team deal involving multiple players, it's highly unlikely Memphis newcomers will be cleared to play in time for Thursday's game at Oklahoma City.
By John Rohde Published: January 30, 2013
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The Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday traded leading scorer Rudy Gay and center Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon, forward Ed Davis and a second-round pick.

Memphis in turn sent Calderon to Detroit in exchange for veteran forward Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.

Because of the complexities in a three-team deal involving multiple players, it is highly unlikely Davis, Prince and Daye will be cleared in time to play for the Grizzlies in Thursday's 7 p.m. contest against the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

According to ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks also were interested in acquiring Calderon, but did not want to surrender swingman Vince Carter to fill the Grizzlies' scoring void created by Gay's departure.

RETURN TO PRACTICE

The Thunder returned to practice for the first time since its six-game, 10-day road trip ended Sunday. OKC went 3-3 on the longest excursion in franchise history, which ended with a loss against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It was a long trip,” coach Scott Brooks said. “It's good to be back in our familiar surroundings. I thought the trip was good. Not great, but good.”

Players had “developmental” days on Monday and Tuesday to work on their shooting and receive treatment.

“Just get some rest, get their bodies and minds right going into this next stretch of games,” Brooks said.

“When you're on the road, you don't have a lot of time to watch your film and break down the game the way we would like to, but today we had a good film session, talked about some of the mistakes we need to correct.”

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