Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay has been involved in various trade rumors this off-season. After being included on the trading block, several NBA teams expressed their interest in acquiring him, including the Houston Rockets.
The Houston Rockets are one of the NBA teams who dreamt of becoming a title contender next season. The Rockets tried to rebuild their team and started by hiring a new coach, Mike D’Antoni. This move forced Dwight Howard to leave the Rockets and join the Atlanta Hawks,
In the recent free agency, the Rockets acquired Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to bolster their roster. However, both players had issues for having frequent injuries in the past. This fuels the need for adding more talent on their roster that can be fitted in D’Antoni’s run and gun offense.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings are reported to be actively shopping Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos, and Ben McLemore. Of the three players, Rudy Gay could be an interesting addition to the Houston Rockets. Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider revealed that the Rockets are one of the NBA teams who are showing interest to acquire Gay.
According to Elliott Harris of House of Houston, the Rockets need an athletic wing who could knock down an open shot as well as slash and create off the dribble.
“Personally, I feel that Rudy Gay would definitely meet the criteria and could serve as a mentor for the up and coming Sam Dekker. Fortunately for us, it has become common knowledge that Sacramento is actively trying to trade Gay for the right price.” Harris wrote.
Trevor Ariza is currently the starting small forward for the Rockets. However, his inefficiency in the long-range is very noticeable and could lessen the effectiveness of D-Antoni’s system. If the Rockets will pursue Rudy Gay, they could offer Trevor Ariza and K.J. McDaniels to Kings. This trade scenario works in the ‘ESPN Trade Machine’.
The Western Conference is expected to be tougher with the emergence of Warriors ‘Super Team’. If the Houston Rockets want to give a good competition, they should try improving their roster as much as they could.
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