The Oklahoma City Thunder have a big hole to fill at the small forward position following the departure of Kevin Durant. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Thunder may acquire Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings to replace KD.
Durant spurned the Thunder to join Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in their pursuit for a championship. The only remaining small forwards on the OKC roster are Kyle Singler and Josh Huestis, who both played sparingly last season.
According to Brett Coppenbarger of Oklahoma’s Own News9, the Thunder should not trade Russell Westbrook. Instead, they should just find a Kevin Durant replacement and it could be Kings forward Rudy Gay.
The Kings have made Gay available for trade and he has a justifiable salary that fits into Oklahoma City’s cap space of about $20 million. The Thunder could always re-sign Dion Waiters, but they already traded for Victor Oladipo.
On the other hand, Gay is no KD but he is a borderline All-Star that can score and play the small forward position. He would benefit from Westbrook’s attacking play as he just hovers the perimeter to catch and shoot.
“Gay may not qualify as a star, but he’s a proven commodity that comes at a reasonable price. And there’s value in the fact OKC wouldn’t have commit for the long haul,” Coppenbarger wrote.
Other options in the free agency SF options for the Thunder include Gerald Green and Maurice Harkless, per Tony Heim of Thunderous Intensions. Oklahoma City is still a playoff contender with a top five player like Westbrook and general manager Sam Presti surely has a backup plan in case KD leaves.
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