Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly having trade talks with the Sacramento Kings involving the 29-year-old small forward Rudy Gay.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Sacramento Kings small forward has been one of the most established NBA veterans currently included in the trading block. Sources told ESPN that the Kings are actively seeking to move Gay as well as big man Kosta Koufos and guard Ben McLemore.
To clarify here: Rudy Gay has not officially asked for a trade, but he wants out. Kings know it. If he is still on roster in Sept., beware.
— Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) July 9, 2016
Rudy Gay was reportedly not comfortable playing with Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins in the past season. However, Rondo left the Kings in free agency and chose to play for the Chicago Bulls. There are reports saying that Gay has not asked for a trade, but the Kings are still interested in moving him if a team make a good offer.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are currently building their roster to become a title contender team next season. In the recent NBA free agency, the Celtics succeeded to acquire Al Horford but failed to sign Kevin Durant.
Celtics still probing for deals. Some offers still standing, but right now nothing imminent. (Though all it takes is 1 call to change that)
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 10, 2016
However, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and owner Wyc Grousbeck said that they have not been done yet in upgrading their roster.
“Well, I feel the phones are definitely ringing. Danny is definitely talking to people for sure, and has indicated that our work is not yet done,” Grousbeck said at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. “But I’ve got to say that I feel good about this team and I feel patient. We have draft picks coming up. We have a long-term strategy. I don’t just want [Banner] 18. I want 19 and 20.”
Charles Rahrig of Fansided suggested that the Boston Celtics should trade for Rudy Gay. The 29-year-old small forward can give a boost to the Celtics offensive end. He averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds.
The Celtics have plenty of trade assets in their roster Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart or Terry Rozier, whom the Kings need to boost their backcourt. With the Celtics eyeing becoming a title contender, trading for a player like Rudy Gay should be an option.
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