NBA Rumors: Rudy Gay returns to Memphis; Grizzlies consider adding athletic wing on their roster

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Rudy Gay has informed the Sacramento Kings that he is planning to decline his player option and become a free agent next summer. According to the latest NBA rumors, Gay will be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on or before the trade deadline.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay informed the Kings management that he will exercise his player option to become an unrestricted free agent. In this situation, the Kings should consider moving him now than lose him without getting anything in return.

Before the Memphis Grizzlies were handed to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, it was first called the Rudy Gay’s team. Gay was originally drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 2006 NBA draft before he was traded to Grizzlies where he started his NBA career.

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Rudy Gay had made numerous achievements in his seven-year stint in Memphis. Now that he wants his way out of his current team, Sacramento Kings, should the Grizzlies bring him back?

The Memphis Grizzlies managed to enter the playoffs last season but were easily eliminated after their key players suffered injuries. In the recent offseason, the Grizzlies re-signed Mike Conley to a monster deal and succeeded to acquire Chandler Parsons to add another scoring threat.

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Health is still a major concern for the Grizzlies next season. If one of their key players goes down due to injury, the talent drop-off is considerable. Maxwell Oden of Hoops Habit suggested that the Memphis Grizzlies should consider bringing Rudy Gay back on their team.

“Yes, I know; Rudy Gay has already played for the Memphis Grizzlies, and they didn’t win a championship back then. Memphis’ core is in dire need of an athletic slashing scorer, however, and Gay undeniably fits the bill.”

“If the Grizzlies can bring Gay back without giving up its core four—Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Tony Allen—then they should,” Ogden said.

Gay will be a good addition in the Grizzlies as a backup for Chandler Parsons. He can be a big help for the team, especially on the offensive end. So far, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is still hoping that Gay will change his mind this year and re-sign with the team next summer. If he stands firm with his decision, the Kings might trade before the deadline.

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