Sacramento head coach Mike Malone has made it clear that he’s quite pleased his team acquired Rudy Gay. That’s fine from Toronto’s point of view, because the Raptors are ecstatic about their end of the deal, as well as how the fallout completely changed the direction of the team.
The trade was particularly beneficial to one of the players who came over to Toronto — Patrick Patterson — and it has been at least equally as impactful for Terrence Ross.
At the time of the trade, Ross was coming off of a quite pedestrian rookie campaign and wasn’t doing a heck of a lot better as a sophomore, leading one of the NBA’s worst benches. In those 18 games, Ross averaged just 6.2 points on 34% three-point shooting in 18.4 minutes a contest.
But as Ross explained it, Gay’s departure cleared the way for him to show what he was capable of. No longer was practice his time to shine, now, he was a starter, tasked with guarding the best perimeter opponents as well as hitting jumpers.