Rudy Gay expressed his intention to move out of the Sacramento Kings next summer if he will not be traded before the deadline. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers could offer Nick Young and Lou Williams to acquire Gay from the Kings.
Rudy Gay has been involved in various trade rumors in the past months. Since the start of the offseason, the 30-year-old forward was reportedly on the trading block. Gay expressed his disappointment in the recent NBA draft when the Kings’ selected two big men instead of addressing their backcourt problem.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay has informed the Sacramento Kings that he will be exercising his player option next summer and become an unrestricted free agent. Despite the announcement, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is still hoping that Gay would change his mind.
“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,” Woj said.
However, it seems like Gay’s breakup with the Kings is inevitable. At some point, it will the best for the Kings to trade him now than lose him in the 2017 NBA free agency without getting anything in return.
According to Christian Rivas on Lake Show Life, the Sacramento Kings could engage in a trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers before the deadline. In a suggested trade scenario, the Lakers will be sending Nick Young and Lou Williams to Sacramento for Gay. This trade works on the ESPN trade machine.
As of now, Nick Young’s future with the Lakers is questionable after his rift with D’Angelo Russell and poor performance on the court. Some people believe that Swaggy P should consider reviving his career with another team.
The Kings are currently in need of guards where Young and Williams could be of use. The two Lakers guards could provide some needed scoring off the bench. For the Lakers, acquiring Rudy Gay may not be necessary, but there is no doubt that he can contribute offensively.
As of now, NBA fans could take these rumors with a grain of a salt. Should the Lakers and the Kings proceed with the deal, it will help them in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.