Sacramento Kings haven’t made it a secret that forward Rudy Gay can be had with the proverbial right deal. The Houston Rockets have emerged a strong suitor, according to latest NBA Trade Rumors.
Last week, ESPN’s Mark Stein reported that Kings were seeking a young quality player for Gay. “Sacramento is said to be seeking a quality young player in return if it parts with Gay. Or a player they like with at least one year left on his contract after this season,” Stein wrote.
Gay is slated to earn $13.3 million from Sacramento next season before he’s forced to decide on a $14.3 million player option the following season.
CBS Sports has explored the possibility of Houston Rockets offering the trio of Corey Brewer, K.J. McDaniels and Terrence Jones to acquire the services of Gay. “Brewer’s best seasons came under George Karl (the Sacramento Kings coach). Outlets from Cousins to Brewer will only tick up Sacramento’s already incredibly effective offense,” the website wrote.
The Deal: Corey Brewer, Terrence Jones and K.J. McDaniels for Rudy Gay
ESPN Trade Machine: Approves
The website also argued that Jones, considered a defensive liability, would fit in better with Karl’s system. “In Karl’s system, he’s (Jones) a better fit than Gay. These are three guys who would do very well for how the Kings are currently constructed,” it further explained.
With Trevor Ariza past his prime, Houston are still thin at the small forward position. By adding Gay to the mix, the Rockets would have a legitimate Big Three in Dwight Howard, James Harden and Gay. Surely, offense would be the least of their worries. Also, Gay is an underrated perimeter defender.
McDaniels, with potential to be a great defender, hasn’t received any considerable playing time with the Rockets. Perhaps, a change in teams will help kickstart the sophomore’s career.
With Gay on the trading block for over a month, Sacramento had reportedly rejected New Orleans Pelicans’ offer of Eric Gordon and Alonzo Gee. To be honest, Gordon would have brought a little more to the table than an aging Brewer and the raw tandem of McDaniels and Jones.
Perhaps, the Kings are better off waiting for a better deal. The trade deadline is on February 18.
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