NBA trade rumors: Clippers want Rudy Gay, but lack assets to make deal

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The Los Angeles Clippers are believed to be interested in trading for Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay, according to ESPN NBA writer Chris Broussard.

The Clippers, surprisingly, are one of the teams actively looking for a trade partner with roughly two weeks left before the February 18 deadline.

While the Clips are dealing with an ‘internal issue’ involving Blake Griffin, it’s very unlikely they would move the bruising All-Star forward this season, unless the Oklahoma City Thunder are offering Kevin Durant, as reported by Yahoo Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.

On the other hand, they hope to address their need at the small forward position, and Gay apparently is their top trade target.

Fansided writer Charles Rahrig explained in his latest blog the reason Clippers are pursuing Gay and why it’s a bit hard to work out this deal.

“While Gay has regressed a bit this season, he is still a big forward that could score the ball and he could be more beneficial to a team that is more in contention.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, that team could be the Los Angeles Clippers. Broussard states that they have interest in Gay, but their interest isn’t strong enough to obtain him.

A deal between the two sides would also be incredibly hard to work out. The Clippers are cash strapped with a roster of max contracts and what they would have to offer back to Sacramento in terms of contracts and assets wouldn’t be exactly appealing for the Kings.”

To make the story short, the Clippers have to offer Lance Stephenson, Jordan Crawford and some trade sweeteners in the forms of draft picks to get Gay from Sacramento. And it’s very unlikely they would do that.

The Clippers are in the thick of a very brutal Western Conference playoff race, and so are the Kings who are currently in a dogfight with the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers for 8th place.

Gay isn’t just an ordinary player for the Sacramento as well. DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo might be the cornerstones, but Gay (18 ppg and 7.0 rpg) is the third wheel that makes things tick for the Kings. And yes, this might be one of those crazy trade ideas by Broussard.

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