Rudy Gay, the tenth-year veteran, has made his intentions clear to Sacramento Kings. The combo forward has informed the Kings that he will be leaving in free agency next summer.
The Undisputed, via ESPN, reported on Monday that Gay would be declining his $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.
“It’s not rocket science,” the 30-year-old said when asked about his impending future.
As reported earlier, the Kings have had Gay on the trading block since draft night in June and are yet to find an apt suitor.
In July, ESPN’s Mark Stein reported that the Kings were actively shopping three of their players, namely Gay, center Kosta Koufos and two-guard Ben McLemore.
However, sources indicated that the Kings were expecting a decent haul of players in return and weren’t just looking to dump contracts to open up playing time for its young roster.
If Gay hits the open free agency market, he can conjure up a near-max contract, especially when you consider the contracts handed out this summer to players who’ve never made an All-Star or All-NBA team.
Checked in with Gay. Doesn't see decision to opt out as a big deal, ready for camp and will wait to see what happens from here.
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 19, 2016
Rudy Gay: What can Cavs offer?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have immediately emerged as an obvious destination.
For starters, the Cavs have quite a few assets that could interest the Kings. And general manager David Griffin has smartly accumulated quite a few trade exceptions over the last few offseasons, which need to be used up at some stage.
All things considered, it’s a pretty good trade for both teams. Gay, a volume scorer, can instantly become the leader of Cleveland’s second unit.
Since Shumpert has three years left on his contract, the Kings would be getting a proven perimeter defender, who can be a starter alongside Ben McLemore. Williams would be a nice back-up point guards Darren Collison and Ty Lawson.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is hoping to persuade Gay to stay put in Sac-Town.
“Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is determined to hold on to Gay, whom he considers a vital talent with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins as the Kings move into a new arena this season.
“Ranadive has told associates that he believes he can change Gay’s mind this year and persuade him to stay, league sources said.”