Rudy Gay is on his way out of the Sacramento Kings with NBA rumors claiming that the team would trade him soon after the veteran announced that he wants to explore free agency after the season.
Gay was already in the trade rumors after he declared that he wants out of the team earlier in the 2016 offseason. The new statement from the veteran scorer would likely hurt his value even more as the Kings have already reportedly put him on the trading block.
Gay’s camp has officially informed Sacramento management about his plans after the 2016-2017 NBA Season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Gay will be paid about $13.3 million this upcoming season and another $14.3 million in the 2017-2018 NBA Season.
However, Gay has an “opt out” option in his final year and he just announce he wants to explore free agency after the season.All NBA title or playoff contenders are likely considering acquiring Gay, who is known for his versatility on offense.
Wojnarowski noted that Gay’s public announcement that he will opt out would motivate the Kings to aggressively deal him before the NBA season starts. Sacramento still has until the NBA trade deadline in February next year but he will have lesser value to other teams by that time.
In July earlier this year, Gay already somewhat bashed the Kings management for having no direction in their rebuilding process or plans to contend this year. That started the NBA rumors that Gay wants out of Sacramento immediately.
According to the latest report, the Kings have talked to some teams about Gay but no deal has been finalized because Sacramento wants a “substantial package” in exchange for the veteran.
Considering Gay is already 30 years old, his likely landing spot is a veteran team that will contend for the playoffs or title next season. A perfect trade partner is the Houston Rockets, who hired Mike D’Antoni as head coach this offseason.
Via ESPN’s Trade Checker, a Rudy Gay for Corey Brewer and K.J. McDaniels works under the NBA trade rules.
The Rockets can maximize a “smallball” line-up of Gay and Trevor Ariza in their forwards spots in D’Antoni’s fast-paced offense. Along with James Harden, they’d have a very dangerous offensive team that can keep up with the best teams in the league.
If the Rockets land this deal with the Kings, they can form an offensive five of James Harden, Patrick Beverley, Ariza, Gay and Anderson.
For the Kings, they save a bit of money and get a project player like McDaniels, who has the talent but has never been given major minutes in his career.
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