Gay wants to make Raps into playoff contenders

Rudy Gay slips between Richard Hamilton and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada...

Rudy Gay slips between Richard Hamilton and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada Centre on Friday night. (Tom Hicken/Toronto Sun)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

TORONTO - Rudy Gay doesn’t let his guard down around the media.

That’s likely a reflection of seven years in the league and more than his fair share of interviews over that span.

But if there is one thing the 26-year-old forward would like Raptors fans to know about him heading into next season, it is that he views the chance to take a team such as Toronto — and help it into the playoffs — as one of the upsides of his mid-season trade.

Gay has already been to the post-season with Memphis. And he was heading there again this year until the Grizzlies decided to part ways with him in exchange for Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and $1 million in currency.

Even his biggest critic couldn’t deny that Gay played a role in helping Memphis rise from also-rans to playoff contender. He obviously didn’t do it alone, with plenty of credit for Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and even Tony Allen to go around, but Gay can’t be denied his sizable share in that, either.


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