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Gutted by money-saving moves, Grizzlies still trying to contend without top scorer Rudy Gay

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    FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2013, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press themphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Gay to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2013, file photo, Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon celebrates after scoring a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade swingman Rudy Gay to the Raptors. The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2013, file photo, Toronto Raptors' Ed Davis soars to the basket during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade swingman Rudy Gay to the Raptors. The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon in the deal, though it appears he is headed to a third team other than the Grizzlies, the person said. Davis was also part of the deal. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) (The Associated Press)

The Memphis Grizzlies have shown once before that they can be a contender without Rudy Gay.

It's time to prove it again.

The Grizzlies started the process of moving on Thursday after trading their leading scorer to Toronto in a three-team deal that brings Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis to Memphis.

The franchise's best postseason run came when Gay was injured two seasons ago, with an upset of top-seeded San Antonio and then a thrilling seven-game Western Conference semifinal series against Oklahoma City. Before that, Memphis had never before won a playoff game.

All-Star power forward Zach Randolph says he believes the Grizzlies "still are a contender" after two money-saving trades this month. Before dealing away Gay and backup center Hamed Haddadi, Memphis traded reserves Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby to Cleveland.