Rudy Gay has made it clear to the Kings that next season will be his last in Sacramento and he will be a free agent in the summer 2017. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Kings have been trying to trade Gay and the Oklahoma City Thunder might be his destination.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Tuesday that Rudy Gay has told the Kings front office that he will use his player option next summer to be an unrestricted free agent. It is also highly unlikely that he is going to sign a new deal in Sacramento since they are one of the dysfunctional franchises in the NBA.
The Kings have put the 30-year-old swingman on the trading block but teams are not giving them the best offers. It is due to the fact that he will be one-year rental and it does not make sense for many teams to trade valuable assets for him.
However, one team that could use Rudy Gay even for just one season is the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to Michael Saenz of FanSided, the Thunder could use Gay to fill in the void at the small forward spot left by Kevin Durant.
“I’m not sure what exactly the Oklahoma City Thunder would be willing to deal in order to bring in Rudy Gay, but a deal around Kyle Singler, Anthony Morrow, and a filler would work on the trade machine,” Saenz opined.
Even though a first round pick would make the Kings accept a possible deal, the Thunder front office led by Sam Presti is too smart to it. However, getting Gay for bench players such as Singler and Morrow would help OKC became at least a playoff contender.
Nevertheless, these are just NBA rumors at the moment but expect Rudy Gay to get moved before the February trade deadline. The Kings are likely not going to let him go for free and they would want to have at least a future asset in return.
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