After losing Kevin Durant in free agency, the Oklahoma City Thunder were reportedly looking for his temporary replacement. Rudy Gay, who is on the trading block, is on their radar. Will the Sacramento Kings send him to OKC before the February deadline?
The Oklahoma City Thunder are still a playoff contender team despite losing their best player this summer. Russell Westbrook serves as the new face of the franchise. He is undeniably one of the best point guards in the league. However, without KD, Westbrook carries a heavier load on his shoulder.
ESPN’S Zach Lowe revealed the Thunder are interested in acquiring Rudy Gay.
“They remain interested in bigger wings, including Rudy Gay, in part because such a player would slide everyone down to their intended spots,” Lowe wrote.
In the recent offseason, the Thunder acquire Victor Oladipo from the Magic. He was originally set to become their sixth man. Andre Roberson was projected to start at 2. Gay will inform the Kings his plan to become a free agent next summer. The best move for the Kings is to trade him now than lose him in free agency without getting anything in return.
The problem is the Kings wouldn’t trade him as early as now. They are currently 4-8 and still hoping to enter the playoffs. According to CBS Sports, the Thunder offered a trade package including sophomore guard Cameron Payne to Kings. Unfortunately, Payne broke his foot and still on his way to recovery.
As of now, the Kings will likely keep their second-best scorer. Rudy Gay is averaging a career-high 21.3 points per game, along with 6.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. If they fail to enter the playoffs, the Kings should consider moving him before the February deadline.
Rudy Gay will undeniably be a good addition to the Thunder since they are in need of shooter on the wing. Having a prolific scorer like him will decrease the load of Russell Westbrook.
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