Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Sacramento Kings and the Miami Heat who are reportedly having trade talks involving Goran Dragic, Rudy Gay, and Darren Collison.
Rudy Gay has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months. The rumors heated up after Gay informed the Kings that he will be exercising his player option to become a free agent next summer. With the Kings projected to suffer another disappointing season, Gay’s return in Sacramento is unlikely.
After the announcement, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is still hoping that Rudy Gay would change his mind and stay in Sacramento. However, it seems like the 30-year-old small forward has already made up his mind, which could force the Kings to trade him before the deadline than not getting anything in return next summer.
It was revealed that the Kings are ideally looking for a starting-caliber point guard in any trade proposal involving Gay. According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insider, the Kings have offered guard Rudy Gay and Darren Collison for Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat.
“Sacramento has to trade Gay,” an Eastern Conference executive told Basketball Insiders. “He’s already informed them he doesn’t like it there. They can’t let him walk for nothing.”
Rudy Gay and Darren Collison are set to become free agents next summer and seem unlikely to re-sign with the Kings. Gay will undeniably helpful for the Heat in filling the spot left by Chris Bosh. Last season, he averaged 17.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Kings have been targeting Goran Dragic since July to address their backcourt problem.
“The Heat and Kings have had some vague trade talks since July — not necessarily involving Dragic, sources say — and given the Kings’ shaky point guard situation, it’s tempting to build deals sending Dragic to Sacramento,” Lowe said.
Trading Goran Dragic seems unlikely for now since the Heat just lost lots of key players this offseason, including Luol Deng, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. However, if the Heat successfully removes Bosh’s salary from the book, moving Dragic’s $17 million salary next season will be beneficial for Miami in luring free agents next summer.
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