Rudy Gay has become one of the favorite discussions among basketball fans, a regular in NBA rumors, and it all stems from his open distaste for his current team. He’s opened up about it at first through social media, and now, beyond that, so it’s no secret he wants out of the Kings.
Rudy Gay has averaged 18.4 points per game, including 34.4 percent from 3-point range in his career. He has the size, and can fill in for complementary roles in various teams, and this is what makes a Rudy Gay trade interesting for NBA teams like OKC, and the Heat.
What drives NBA rumors is the fact that Rudy Gay may become a free agent next July, declining a 2017-18 player option.
“Sacramento has to trade Gay,” an insider said, according to Bleacher Report. “He’s already informed them he doesn’t like it there. They can’t let him walk for nothing.”
NBA rumors surfaced about a Rudy Gay trade to the Heat, while Darren Collison and Goran Dragic move to the Kings. But the Heat aren’t looking to ship Goran Dragic who is “like Gay as a complementary player,” Barry Jackson said. Miami is “not trying to trade Dragic at this time.”
Negotiations with OKC seems to have fell off too after Cameron Payne, who was part of the package, injured his foot.
Nevertheless, it seems Rudy Gay is bound to leave the Kings sooner or later. For now he just has to be professional about his time in Sacramento and not be affected by all sorts of NBA rumors about him.
“I wake up every day and get ready to play the next game. I’m with the Sacramento Kings. I prepare as if I’m going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings. All the speculation is B.S. Really, it’s out of my control. I’ll come here and be with my teammates and act as if I’ll be here all year.” Rudy Gay said in a report by ESPN.
“I hear it. I’ve been traded before. If I came here as if I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t help my teammates. That’s a league thing. That’s not just me. That’s something you don’t want a reputation for.”
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