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08:05 AM ET 01.31 | Consider Rudy Gay as Trade No. 1. The first domino has fallen in the rapidly building trade frenzy leading up to the NBA's Feb. 21 deadline: [Gay] to the Raptors in return for, essentially, $26 million. That's approximately what the Memphis Grizzlies save this season and the next two by parting ways with one of their three highest-paid players -- $26.4 million to be exact. ... "They showed their hand completely," one rival executive said of the Grizzlies. "You can't fool players. They will have a hard time thinking winning is the priority. That erodes consumer confidence in the Association." Winning is important, but tax bills are real. And in my opinion, we've only seen the beginning.

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January 31, 2013  08:17 AM ET

Maybe the shift is on to owners league.

January 31, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Well when you max out a guy who is not max material you tend to look at getting rid of him sooner than later. They just could not afford to pay 3 guys that money and still have Conley contract coming up soon. Somebody has to go.

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January 31, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Didn't OKC recently do the same thing with Harden?

January 31, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Didn't OKC recently do the same thing with Harden?

Yup they sure did. It is the reality today for small market teams first, since they don't have the deeper pockets and TV contracts the larger market teams do to offset player salaries. But, eventually, the larger market teams will also feel pinch when they are having to pay the penalties in the new CBA. Small market teams will be the first affected and for good reason.

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January 31, 2013  09:28 AM ET

That's Why They Call It The Blues, Bros.

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January 31, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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Yup they sure did. It is the reality today for small market teams first, since they don't have the deeper pockets and TV contracts the larger market teams do to offset player salaries. But, eventually, the larger market teams will also feel pinch when they are having to pay the penalties in the new CBA. Small market teams will be the first affected and for good reason.

Exactly the smaller market teams will feel the pain first then the big markets will come later. Every team wants to win but right now the motto will bedon't lose excessive money first win second, especially for the smaller market teams. Players will have to accept less money or be a big fish in a small pond. The talent will eventually be spread out. It will be two "max" type players at most and a bunch of young players or roll players IMO

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