Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Miami Heat who are reportedly interested in acquiring Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings. Is adding another prolific scorer ease the departure of Dwyane Wade in Miami?
The Miami Heat just lost their main man, Dwyane Wade, this summer after he decided to play for his hometown, Chicago Bulls. Wade is undeniably a big loss to the Heat since he was one of the major contributors in their recent achievements.
Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic will now be tasked to continue the Heat’s legacy in the succeeding years. However, with their current roster, adding another player who can give a big boost at the offensive end will make sense to compensate Wade’s departure.
In the past months, the Miami Heat was linked to trade rumors involving Sacramento Kings’ small forward Rudy Gay. The 30-year-old forward expressed his disappointment with the Kings’ off-season moves. There were reports saying the Gay supports the idea of a trade to Miami.
“Rudy Gay is clearly unhappy in Sacramento, and the team has been actively looking to trade him. Gay has expressed interest in joining the Miami Heat, and the Kings could certainly work out a deal with the now Dwyane Wade-less Heat.” Nick Brown of 12up said.
Last season, Rudy Gay averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Gay may naturally play as small forward, but he also has the ability to play at 4. As of now, the Heat’s projected power forward, Chris Bosh, is still questionable to play due to a blood clot.
According to Barry Jackson of Miami Herald, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is planning to ‘run more’ next season to maximize the effectiveness of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and Justise Winslow. With the current state of Bosh, it seems like he is not the right piece that will complete the Heat’s starters.
Acquiring a prolific scorer like Rudy Gay will be beneficial for the Miami Heat. However, the problem is the trade assets that the Heat is willing to sacrifice for Gay’s one-year rental on their team.
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