Rudy Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies' dynamic small forward, has been traded to the Toronto Raptors. Rudy Gay rumors had been swirling for many months now, as the Grizzlies' swing player's outsized contract was weighing down the team's cap structure and the burden of his salary outweighed his on-court production. Gay was a part of a 3-team trade, and here is how it breaks down between the Grizzlies, Raptors, and Detroit Pistons.

If you want to understand the specifics of each end of the deal, I strongly urge you to check out our expert coverage at Straight Outta Vancouver, Detroit Bad Boys, and Raptors HQ, respectively.

From the Thunder's perspective, the movement of Gay from Memphis to the other side of the country another country means that the Grizzlies will have a new look. Given that Memphis has given OKC all that they can handle dating back to the 2011 Playoffs, what does the trade mean for the Thunder?

I can think of two ways in which the loss of Gay will favor the Thunder, and one in which it will favor the Grizzlies.