The Sacramento Kings are shopping Rudy Gay in the trade market. The team reportedly wants a versatile shooting guard in return.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac was previously interested in Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews. However, the Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks decided to keep their prized shooters.
One player who could be available for the Kings is Cleveland Cavaliers defensive stopper Iman Shumpert. The five-year veteran can defend multiple positions and can occasionally play the point guard position.
Sir Charles in Charge noted that the Cavaliers will only consider trading Shumpert if JR Smith won’t be back for next season. The mercurial shooting guard is demanding a $15 million per year salary, something the Cavaliers are still deliberating on.
If Smith decides to sign elsewhere, the Cavaliers will be without a starting shooting guard. Despite his defensive acumen, Shumpert is not known for his shooting. The Cavaliers are more dangerous when Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are surrounded by top-tier marksmen.
Gay slides into that role perfectly. He is a reliable scorer who can put up 18.4 points per contest. His career averages include 45.2 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from the three-point line, ESPN reported.
The Cavaliers can use a few trade exceptions to make room for Gay. His contract also provides the team with financial flexibility in 2017.
The 6-foot-8 wingman can opt out of his deal next summer. If he decides to leave, the Cavaliers won’t be committed to pay him $14.2 million for the 2017-18 season. Instead, the team could use the extra money to sign other elite free agents.
As for the Kings, Shumpert would be a huge boost on the defensive end. Sac Town Royalty pointed out that defense is one of the team’s most glaring weaknesses. The Kings finished 22nd in defensive efficiency last season, as per TeamRankings.com.