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NBA Rumors: Cavs-Kings trade sees Rudy Gay as backup to LeBron James in Cleveland

Rudy Gay trade

The Sacramento Kings are trying to find a good deal in a trade involving Rudy Gay. NBA rumors claim that the veteran forward could go to the Cleveland Cavaliers and serve as a backup to superstar LeBron James.

The Kings have placed Gay on the trading block since last season hoping to get value for their veteran forward, who is not part of the rebuilding plans in Sacramento.

Gay also announced recently that he has no plans of staying with the Kings after the season. Gay has a player option in his final year of his contract in Sacramento and it’s widely expected that he will opt out and become a free agent in 2017.

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The Kings want to trade him before the February deadline to get some kind of value for their veteran. Gay is criticized for his inconsistency both on offense and defense but he might be most effective as a backup player for a contender like the Cavaliers.

Via ESPN Trade Machine, a Rudy Gay for Iman Shumpert and Mo Williams works under the NBA trade rules. This Cavs-Kings deal is good for both sides with both teams improving their rotation in various positions.

Sacramento can start the defensive-minded Shumpert alongside Aaron Afflalo or come off the bench at the shooting guard spot. Williams contract expires after the season.

Cleveland can make Gay as primary off the bench player at both forward positions. Gay’s scoring will also help the Cavaliers offensive production for the bench or he can play alongside LeBron in small ball offense where one of them plays the four spot.

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Will the Rudy Gay to Cleveland Cavaliers happen before the season starts next month? Or will the other NBA rumors, like Gay being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, become true?

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