Also somewhat underappreciated went the fact that Memphis got Ed Davis who was having a fantastic season in Toronto, particularly after injuries to Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas gave him the starting spot. Davis will effectively replace Marreese Speights who was traded to Cleveland in a salary-dump move. Davis is slightly smaller than Speights but can also play both spots and gives Memphis possibly the best 4-bigs rotation in the league in Gasol, Randolph, Davis and Arthur.
We will see whether the Rudy Gay deal was a good one for Memphis but we should definitely not sleep on them for trading a star player for a role player. It could be a case of addition by subtraction.