Rudy Gay has already informed the Sacramento Kings that he is planning to exercise his player option to become a free agent next summer. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Oklahoma City Thunder are interested in acquiring Gay as a temporary replacement for Kevin Durant.
Rudy Gay has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months. The 30-year-old small forward was reportedly ‘unhappy’ with the Kings and wanted his way out. Last month, Gay announced that he will not be negotiating a new deal with the Kings and explore the free agency market.
“Gay’s pledge to the Kings’ ownership and front office that he’s strongly leaning against re-signing with Sacramento is a declaration that could increase pressure on the organization to trade Gay sooner rather than later,” Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported.
If the Kings see no chance that Rudy Gay will change his mind, they should consider trading him before the deadline than not getting anything in return. With his expensive contract that is about to expire, it remains questionable if the Kings could get a fair return.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Oklahoma City Thunder are among the potential suitors of Rudy Gay. The Thunder just lost their main man, Kevin Durant, in the recent free agency, who joined the Golden State Warriors. Gay may not be as good as KD but he could be a big help for Russell Westbrook, especially on the offensive end.
Last season, Rudy Gay averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Thunders have been aggressive on the trade market this offseason, trying to lure superstars like Blake Griffin, Jimmy Butler, and Paul George. Unfortunately, the Thunder are yet to acquire a quality player who can fill up the spot left by Kevin Durant.
At some point, trading for Rudy Gay will make sense for the Thunder if the Kings will not demand much in return. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is still hoping that Gay will change his mind, but it seems like his departure is inevitable.
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