By Ashley Dunkak
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit Pistons have offered to trade point guard Rodney Stuckey and forward Charlie Villanueva to the Toronto Raptors for forward Rudy Gay, according to a report by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Both Stuckey and Villanueva are due to make $8.5 million in 2013-2014 before becoming unrestricted free agents the following year, while Gay is set to make almost $18 million in 2013-2014 and over $19 million in 2014-2015.
Detroit President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars estimated a few weeks ago that the Pistons have between $21 million and $25 million in cap space.
If the Pistons could jettison Stuckey and Villanueva and bring in Gay, the net loss in cap space would be less than one million dollars, leaving Detroit with most of its $20 million-plus cushion intact and available for other moves.
Gay averaged 18.2 points and 6.1 rebounds for Toronto last season.