Rudy Gay does not seem to be bother with the rumors currently circulating that the Sacramento Kings would send him and guard Darren Collison to the Miami Heat for Goran Dragic. The 30-year-old small forward has already informed the Kings that he is planning to opt out his contract to become a free agent next summer.
Michael Scotto of Basketball Insider revealed that the Sacramento Kings and the Miami Heat are discussing a trade deal involving Rudy Gay, Darren Collison, and Goran Dragic. The news immediately reached Gay and said that he is expecting rumors to happen when he announced that he will leave the Kings next summer.
“I’m in the same place I was earlier in the day, I’m in Sacramento,” Gay answered when asked about where he was at with the rumors.
“It is what it is, man, it’s the NBA, it happens,” Gay added. “Rumors are going to happen and you’ve just got to go out there and play basketball.”
The Miami Heat are currently in need of shooters to surround Hassan Whiteside. They are now in a rebuilding mode after losing some of their key players this offseason, including Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng in free agency, and Chris Bosh due to blood clot issues. However, it remains questionable if they will proceed with the deal since Goran Dragic is a very important piece on their roster.
Also, with Rudy Gay eyeing to become a free agent and Darren Collison entering the final year of his contract, it is quite risky for the Heat to make the trade. Barry Jackson of Miami Herald revealed that Gay finds the Kings as an attractive destination next summer.
“Also keep Rudy Gay’s name in mind. He informed the Kings that he likely will opt out of his contract next summer, and a close associate said the Heat appeals to him. Gay has averaged 18.4 points per game in his career, with 750 three-pointers on 34.4 percent shooting,” Jackon wrote.
The Rudy-Gay-Darren-Collison-for-Goran-Dragic trade seems unlikely for now or even before the deadline. There is a higher possibility that the Heat will patiently wait until next summer if they want to add Gay on their roster.