Rudy Gay did the right thing by clearing early rumors that he was unhappy with his team by directly speaking with Sacramento Kings’ general manager Vlade Divac.
Once and for all, fans know that the small forward who averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game last year didn’t ask to be traded from the team. In fact, he has reiterated his commitments to his teammates and the city.
Now that all those rumors are past us, it seems likely that Rudy Gay will still be playing for a new team next season after all.
He was earlier linked to trade rumors with the San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers. The Spurs have replaced their superstar big man Tim Duncan with Pao Gasol, and they need some help with their forward position. The Pacers, too, could benefit much from Rudy Gay’s defensive capabilities.
But rumors abound that the Charlotte Hornets are inclined to sign the Kings’ small forward to strengthen its second unit that shall be composed of players such as Ramon Sessions, Marco Belinelli, Frank Kaminsky and Roy Hibbert.
Having lost Troy Daniels, Courtney Lee, Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson, Rudy Gay’s talents could prove very helpful to the Hornets, especially as a backup wing player.
Rudy Gay had raked some good stats last year with Sacramento and scored a season high of 36 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, but rumors circulate that the Kings plan to transition into a much younger team.
That the Kings look for youth only means they need to inject agility and speed in their game, and Rudy Gay, (29), doesn’t seem to be part of its strategy, except for future acquisition purposes.
Rudy Gay’s addition to the Charlotte Hornets could give them more depth with the likes of Kemba Walker, Nic Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in place. However, the Hornets may have to give up Spencer Hawes and Jeremy Lamb to accommodate the trade.
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