Memphis Grizzlies cool on trade talks for Rudy Gay

January 9, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Warriors 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It was a curious move to start with, when the Memphis Grizzlies announced they would part with a key piece of their roster (namely Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol) for the right price.

But now, it seems the Grizzlies brace has cooled on the idea of shaking up the roster on the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.

From Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio:

 There was a time, and not long ago, that the Memphis Grizzlies seemed determined to trade talented small forward Rudy Gay.

But that time, according to league sources, has passed.

“It is true that Griz brass has spoken to every team in the NBA about their roster over the past month,” reported the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.

“They won’t get anything close to what they want (for Gay) if they wait until they’re desperate,” said one source. “Then again, they’re not getting what they want now, and they’re winning. I’d wait until the season played out if I were them. Eventually, someone will be happy to have a player like him.”

After winning six out of their last 10 games, it seems like the Memphis ownership has decided (for now) winning immediately is more important than cutting salary later.

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