NBA Trade Rumors – Rudy Gay might be on his way out of Sacramento soon. According to Sheridan Hoops, the 6-foot-8 swingman is one of several players who could be shipped to another team before February midseason trade deadline.
Gay, who is averaging 18 points and 6.9 boards for the Kings this season, is once again resurfacing as a major player available on the trading block.
In his latest article, Sheridan Hoops writer Michael Scotto confirmed that the Kings fielded an offer to the New Orleans Pelicans, dangling the 29-year old Gay as a trade chip.
“The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans are two of several teams that have aggressively worked the phones. The Kings called the Pelicans and offered Gay for Anderson, league sources tell Sheridan Hoops.”
The Pelicans could be looking to address their needs at the small forward position, and Gay can certainly provide another offensive weapon outside All-Star forward Anthony Davis. The Kings, meanwhile, are in need of a player who will knockdown three balls and give DeMarcus Cousins more real estate to operate in the paint as a stretch forward.
“Anderson is the type of stretch-4 who would provide needed floor spacing with Rajon Rondo as the floor general and DeMarcus Cousins – the league’s best center – anchoring the post. Anderson, a career 38 percent 3-point shooter in the final year of his contract, will be one of the NBA’s most coveted unrestricted free agents.”
However, the Pelicans reportedly declined to accept the offer for now as they are in position to land this year’s no.1 overall pick, which could net them versatile forward Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram.