Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Sacramento Kings who are reportedly having trade talks with the Houston Rockets involving Rudy Gay, Trevor Ariza, and K.J. McDaniels.
Rudy Gay has been involved in various trade rumors this off-season. However, the Sacramento Kings are having a hard time finding the ideal trade partner because of his expensive contract that will expire next summer.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider revealed that it will only take a ‘matter of time’ before Rudy Gay will be traded somewhere else. Several NBA teams are reportedly interested in acquiring Gay, including the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Brooklyn Nets.
Of all the three teams, Kyler said that the Houston Rockets could be the most likely destination of the 30-year-old small forward.
“League sources say while there are teams that have expressed interest in Gay – most notably the Houston Rockets – getting anything of real value back to what could be a one-year rental at Gay’s price tag is hard math to make work,” Kyler reported.
The Rockets hired Mike D’Antoni as their new head coach. With this, the Rockets are expected to execute the run and gun offense. Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon joined the Rockets to bolster their roster. However, the two players had issues for frequent injuries in the past.
This fuels the need for adding more talent on their roster that can be fitted with D’Antoni’s system. According to Elliott Harris of House of Houston, the Rockets need an athletic wing who could knock down an open shot as well as slash and create off the dribble.
Last season, Rudy Gay averaged 17.2 points, 1.7 assists, and 6.5 rebounds per game. Trevor Ariza is currently the starting small forward of the Rockets. However, his inefficiency in the long-range is very noticeable and could lessen the effectiveness of D-Antoni’s system. If the Rockets will pursue Rudy Gay, they could offer Trevor Ariza and K.J. McDaniels to Kings. This trade scenario works in the ‘ESPN Trade Machine’.
Trevor Ariza could not be the best trade option for the Rockets. However, if he will not be fitted with the Rockets’ system, they will still end up struggling next season. Rudy Gay might already be in his 30s, but he could bolster the Rockets’ roster, especially on the offensive end.
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