October 31, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) controls the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Clippers small forward Caron Butler (5) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers trade rumor for Rudy Gay? Don't believe it.

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Sam Amick reported on Friday that the Los Angeles Clippers may be interested in a trade for Rudy Gay:

“While it remains unclear how determined the Memphis Grizzlies and their new management group are to move their star small forward before the Feb. 21 deadline, a package involving Clippers backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and veteran small forward Caron Butler, picks and other players to make the money work could be just what the Grizzlies are looking for (three teams may need to be involved). It’s clear they are on the lookout for an upgrade over reserve point guard Jerryd Bayless, and Butler would fill Gay’s small forward spot – albeit not nearly as well. The Clippers, I’m told, would consider Gay but are also justifiably wary of doing anything to affect the chemistry that has played such a big part in their season.”

Um, right. First, who “told” you of this possibility (probably someone on the Memphis side trying to float an idea toward the Clippers)? Also, the Clippers are definitely not going to part with Eric Bledsoe this year. His trade value will be higher in a sign-and-trade scenario next year, probably with the blessing of Chris Paul, who understands E-Bled will be wanting to take the next step and run his own team at point guard. In fact, Paul has been quoted as “grooming” Bledsoe for just that scenario, so why send him to another team as a reserve? The chemistry disruption, as Amick notes, could be disastrous. That aside, though, even throwing in Butler would not get the salaries to match, meaning LA would have to add more players to the mix just to get the money to match up.

And let’s not forget that we’d be trading Bledsoe to a rival.

Sorry, Memphis, not this year.

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