The Charlotte Hornets have positioned themselves as viable trade partners for the Sacramento Kings. The commodity in question is enigmatic wingman Rudy Gay.
The ten-year veteran is coming off a productive season with the Kings. He averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as the team’s starting small forward.
Despite his decent numbers, there have been talks that the Kings are currently shopping him on the trade market. The team reportedly wants to get younger and faster. Management does not consider Gay as a long-term asset.
Swarm And Sting suggested that the Hornets should seriously consider trading for Gay. They have the right pieces to offer a reasonable package to the Kings. In addition, they still have enough high-quality players to create a formidable roster featuring Gay.
The trade can become a reality if the Hornets bid adieu to center Spencer Hawes and shooting guard Jeremy Lamb. Hawes and Lamb are set to make a combined $12.2 million next season, while Gay is due $13.3 million. The Hornets can sweeten the deal by adding its 2017 first-round draft pick.
The trade would allow the Hornets to keep Kemba Walker, Nic Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The addition of Gay will significantly improve the team’s wing depth. The trio of Gay, Batum and MKG will be a handful for opponents to guard.
Considering his age and particular skillset, Gay could serve the Hornets best as an offensive-minded sixth man. He will be spearheading the team’s second unit composed of Roy Hibbert, Marco Belinelli, Ramon Sessions and Frank Kaminsky.
During his Nike Skills Academy in Rocklin over the weekend, Gay told ABC10 that change is coming. He has already talked with Kings general manager Vlade Divac. He described the meeting as a “positive” one.
“At this point in my career I just want to be happy. I talked to Vlade and we’re trying to make that happen,” he revealed. “Last year, it’s like they pulled the carpet out from under me, a little bit. I felt like I was in jail – like I was hindered. But, I can’t sit back and let that happen anymore.”
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