NBA Trade Rumors: Rudy Gay To Indiana Pacers, Monta Ellis to Sacramento Kings?
The Sacramento Kings are in the market for an explosive shooting guard this offseason. The team might trade away small forward Rudy Gay in order to fill a hole in the backcourt.Advertisement
League sources say the Kings have started negotiating with the Indiana Pacers to acquire mercurial scorer Monta Ellis. There was once a time in the NBA when a legitimate argument can be made about Rudy Gay being better than Kevin Durant.
That debate quickly dissipated, as Durant quickly carved a name for himself as a true NBA superstar, while Gay struggled to scratch the surface of his potential and settled on being an above-average role player for his team.
The 6-foot-8 wingman found a home in Sacramento in 2013 and has slowly regained his status as one of the NBA’s elite small forwards. Gay averaged 17.2 points, 1.7 assists and 6.5 rebounds a contest this past season.
Despite his stellar play, there are NBA trade rumors suggesting that the Kings are willing to trade him away in exchange for a potent shooting guard. The move seems reasonable, as Gay has an opt-out option for the 2017-18 season and could be an unrestricted free agent next year.
It would be wise for the Kings to trade him now and acquire valuable assets in return rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer of 2017.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported on Twitter that the Kings and the Pacers have discussed a player-for-player swap involving Gay and Monta Ellis. If the deal gets made, Ellis will return to the Western Conference, while Gay would head east to join forces with Paul George and Al Jefferson.
Who Wins the Gay-Ellis Trade?
The Pacers will be the clear winners in this potential trade. The core nucleus of George, Gay, Jefferson and Jeff Teague would present a host of challenges for the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the other hand, the Kings won’t be significantly better with Monta Ellis on the team.
Sac Town Royalty noted that the Kings should target a more defensive-minded player instead. The team might have a hole to fill in the back court, but that’s not their main problem. Their most glaring issue is on the defensive end.
Odds Shark reported that the Kings were dead last in opponent points allowed last season. The team currently holds the distinction of being the worst defensive team in the NBA.