Rudy Gay will be shipped to Sacramento for Grieves Vasquez and a number of players from the Kings. The Raptors are reportedly close to agreeing on a deal that will send the high scoring small forward to California's capital.

He tweeted "Rudy Gay is headed to the Kings, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He has been pulled out of the Raptors lineup for tonight".

Gay was kept out of the Toronto side that beat the LA Lakers last night completely, although the Raptors were still able to get a 106-94 win and spoil Kobe Bryant's return to action.

Yahoo Sports have reported that Sacramento will send John Salmons, Vasquez, Patterson and Hayes to the Raptors, with Gay joined at the Kings by, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray.

Only a week after trading for the second pick in the 2011 draft Derrick Williams the Kings have traded for a franchise player in Rudy Gay. They seem content on making it to the playoffs.

DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay will be Sacramento's big three, that doesn't sound too bad.

After carefully analyzing the trade, I can't seem to find a clear winner.

The Raptors may appear to be the winners because of the huge contract they dropped after trading Gay. They gave away Gay's potential $19m contract and picked up Vasquez's $2m deal in return..

So far with the Raptors, Gay hasn't looked to be worth the hefty outlay and they clearly felt it was time to let him go.

He is shooting only 38% but has put up some good numbers, netting 19.4 PPG 2.2 APG and 7.4 RBG. All these numbers are above his career bests.

If Gay can find a way to improve his shooting and shot decisions he could be an expensive steal for the Kings.

Another reason why both teams are winners is because of the openings that come for the other stars in the teams.

Jonas Valenciunas hasn't had much opportunity after taking a back seat to Rudy Gay, only dropping 9.1 points and pulling down 7.6 rebounds.

Valenciunas hasn't lived up to his potential after his MVP campaign in the summer league. Now without a man to take over the offense, Jonas will get some good oppurtunities.

Isaiah Thomas also benefits from this trade immensely. Vasquez was eating a lot of valuable minutes for Thomas and the red hot Isaiah couldn't play big points when it mattered.

He has been playing under 28 minutes a game but still looks key for the Kinfs.

When DeMarcus Cousins was out, Thomas almost got his team over the line against a red hot OKC but fell short by just two points.

The Trade doesn't show a clear winning team but many players will be able to showcase their skills and we could see a breakout talent emerge from this blockbuster deal.

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