Raptors, Kings both improved since Rudy Gay trade

Former Raptor Rudy Gay has helped his new team in Sacramento. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Raptor Rudy Gay has helped his new team in Sacramento. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:17 AM ET

SACRAMENTO - Trades that work out for both teams are few and far between in any league at any time of the year.

But when you trade a potential franchise player away and don’t get one back it’s that much more rare.

Now 59 days since the Toronto Raptors traded forward Rudy Gay along with little-used bench players Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray for Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes, both teams are in a better position than they were before the deal.

The Raps had a winning percentage of .368 when they made the deal that ostensibly opened a door for a younger player in Terrence Ross with plenty of potential to start. What it also gave them for the first time in years was a semblance of depth on the roster behind the starting five.

The four players who came over from Sacramento are currently the first four and often the only four off his bench on any given night for head coach Dwane Casey.


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