NBA Trade Rumors: Rudy Gay leaving DeMarcus Cousins to team up with Russell Westbrook; Thunder eyeing temporary replacement for Kevin Durant

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Rudy Gay has informed the Sacramento Kings that he will be exercising his player option to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Though the Kings are yet to release a statement, there are rumors that they will be trying to trade Gay before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.

Rudy Gay has been involved in various trade rumors in the past months. In the 2016 NBA draft, Gay expressed his disappointment when the Kings selected two big men, who have the same position as DeMarcus Cousins. However, moving the 30-year-old forward seemed tough since he is set to become a free agent next summer.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay informed the Kings management that he will exercise his player option to become an unrestricted free agent. In this situation, the Kings should consider moving him now than lose him without getting anything in return.

“Gay’s pledge to the Kings’ ownership and front office that he’s strongly leaning against re-signing with Sacramento is a declaration that could increase pressure on the organization to trade Gay sooner rather than later,” Woj reported.

In the same report, Woj revealed that the Kings are not moving Gay without substantial package in return. However, trading a one-year rental player worth $13.33 million will be a tough task if the Kings want a fair return. So far, several NBA teams have been linked to Gay, including the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The Thunder recently lost their franchise player, Kevin Durant, in the recent free agency. General manager Sam Presti tried to trade for superstars like Blake Griffin, Jimmy Butler, and Paul George to team up with Russell Westbrook. Unfortunately, the Thunders are still finding the replacement for Durant.

According to Chris Hughes of Thunderous Intention, Rudy Gay could be a short-term option for the Thunder. Last season, Gay averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The 30-year-old forward will undeniably be helpful for the Thunder, especially on the offensive end.

So far, there is no official confirmation if the Kings will trade Rudy Gay or let his contract expires in Sacramento. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is still hoping that Gay will change his mind this year and re-sign with the team next summer.

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