Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Sacramento Kings and the Oklahoma City Thunder who are reportedly having trade talks involving Rudy Gay, Ersan Ilyasova, and Mitch McGary.
After Kevin Durant’s departure in OKC, the Thunder is rumored to trade for Rudy Gay of the Sacramento Kings. The 30-year-old small forward is eyed as the temporary replacement for Durant. He may not be as good as KD but he is a prolific scorer who can help take pressure off Russell Westbrook.
The Sacramento Kings are actively trading Rudy Gay in the past months. However, the Kings are having a hard time finding a trade partner because of Gay’s expensive contract that is about to expire next year.
It is undeniable the Kevin Durant is irreplaceable for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 27-year-old small forward served as the face of the Thunder franchise from 2008-2016. With his departure, Russell Westbrook is officially declared as the Thunder’s ‘main guy’.
Russell Westbrook excels without Kevin Durant being on the floor. pic.twitter.com/qoFCD6Gvae
— Thunder Nation (@_ThunderNation) July 8, 2016
However, Westbrook alone cannot carry the Thunder. Brett Coppenbarger of Oklahoma’s Own News9 suggested that the Thunder should pursue Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings. The 6-foot-8 swingman may not be as good as Kevin Durant, but he is a prolific scorer. In the last season, he averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti is still believing that the Oklahoma City Thunder will be a playoff contender next season. Adding another scorer like Rudy Gay can help them improve their chances against the best teams in the Western Conference.
“If he’s looking to trade Mitch McGary and Ilyasova, Rudy Gay is the obvious first option. Gay gives the Thunder another wing scorer to help take pressure off Westbrook.” Tony Heim of Thunderous Intentions said.
Rudy Gay may be a one-year rental for the Thunder, but it will give them the chance to observe if he can be a good fit for their team or not. The 2017 NBA free agency has plenty of superstars included in the market. If the Thunder still do well next season, they will still be an attractive destination for incoming free agents.
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