The Sacramento Kings were involved in NBA rumors involving Rudy Gay. The veteran small forward suffered a torn Achilles tendon in their last game and the Kings now have no chance of trading him for some value that can help them this season or the future.
According to James Ham of CSN California, the initial report is that Gay suffered a torn Achilles. The veteran forward is expected to have an MRI on Thursday to see the extent of the injury. The worst news for the Kings is if it’s season ending since they can’t trade him before the trade deadline on February 23, 2017.
Preliminary report says Rudy Gay tore Achilles.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) January 19, 2017
Without Gay, Sacramento needs other players like Garrett Temple, Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver to step up to help them aim for a playoffs spot this season. There were a number of teams mentioned in NBA rumors earlier this season that were supposedly interested in Gay.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat were two of the teams reportedly talking to the Kings about a Rudy Gay trade. Those trade talks are now over with Gay likely missing the rest of the regular season.
Rudy Gay injury big blow for Kings’ future plans
For the Kings, this is a big blow since they wanted to get some value in form of future draft picks or players with potential in a Gay trade. The Heat or Thunder would likely send a second rounder for the veteran.
The Heat-Kings trade rumors even included Goran Dragic. The Slovenian would have solved the Kings’ point guard problem and helped them battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Meanwhile, the Thunder have Cameron Payne to offer to the Kings. Payne with a future second round pick could have helped the Kings this season and the future.
Gay also announced during the preseason that he has no plans of staying in Sacramento after the season. The veteran wanted to get another big contract in the upcoming free agency. But he won’t get a big contract with his latest injury.
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