The Sacramento Kings remain quiet on the trade front, despite rumors that Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, and Kosta Koufos were on the trading block. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Kings will be trading McLemore and Gay on or before the deadline but likely keep DeMarcus Cousins as much as they could.
The Sacramento Kings are entering the 2016-17 NBA season with the goal of ending a 10-year playoff drought. The Kings decided to undergo a rebuilding process this offseason and started by hiring a new head coach Dave Joerger.
The Kings were frequently mentioned in various trade rumors involving DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore, and Rudy Gay. Of all the three, ‘Boogie’ is the most coveted player and was linked to NBA teams who dreamt of contending for the title in the upcoming season.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, DeMarcus Cousins is off the trade market right now and there is no indication that the Kings will be trading him before the deadline. However, Lowe predicted that Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay will be traded.
Rudy Gay recently informed the Kings that he will be exercising his player option to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Basically, this means that Gay has no intention to return to Sacramento. With this, the Kings should consider trading him now than losing him in the 2017 NBA free agency without getting anything in return.
For Ben McLemore, Lowe revealed that his agent wants him out of Sacramento. McLemore was the 7th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft where he failed to show what is expected from him by the critics. Playing with another team could be a way for McLemore to unleash his hidden potential.
In a contradicting report, Kings general manager Vlade Divac revealed that they are planning to keep Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay.
“You’re going to receive a lot of calls, you’re going to make a lot of calls,” Divac said in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “We’re very happy with Ben (McLemore), the way he’s progressing this summer. He’s a very young player that we like a lot, so we’re going to keep him.”
“Rudy is a tremendous talent, he’s somebody that’s beautiful to watch the way he plays,” Divac said. “We think Rudy is a big part of this team to be successful, so we decide to go with him. If he decides to stay next year, that’s great. If he decides to leave, that’s fine. But we want to make sure we compete this year.”
As of now, the Kings are expected to start the 2016-17 NBA season with Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay on their side. If they suffer another disappointing season, they could pull the trigger and make a trade.
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