Rudy Gay is seeing North America the old-fashioned way, by getting traded a lot.
As the public marvels at all of the amazing things about pro sports, getting traded can definitely be one of the crappy parts. In theory, sports trades are supposed to be a win/win with both sides getting players they want.
The reality can be quite different.
In today’s NBA, convoluted salary cap rules make trades a little more interesting. Typically, trades involve a couple of principles and then a bunch of guys who get thrown in to make the salaries balance. Often a player will get traded for no other reason than he makes the right amount of money.
I was traded 3 times in my career, once for cash, once for a draft pick, and once for a salary slot. And believe me, nothing kills your ego more than being traded for a salary slot!