With no chance of reaching the playoffs this season, it may be time for the Toronto Raptors to start thinking about 2013-2014.
According to coach Dwane Casey via ESPN.com, the organization is presumably considering shutting down newly acquired Rudy Gay for the remainder of the regular season to prevent any serious possible injuries from occurring to its new star player.
“I would say that it’s something that will be talked about sooner rather than later,” Casey said.
Gay has already missed three games in the past month with back issues and although he’s become the team’s leading scorer with 20 points per game since being traded to the Raptors, Toronto doesn’t have much left to play for this season, so it may be in the team’s best interests to sideline him for the next month.
Gay is expected to continue to undergo therapy for his ailing back and depending on how it responds, the team will make an appropriate decision regarding his playing time accordingly. Of course, the safe play would be to sit Gay, but as we know, players want to compete and Gay will likely make his case for being out on the floor.