Rudy Gay, the Sacramento Kings forward, is being actively shopped around this offseason with Brooklyn Nets emerging as the favorites to acquire the veteran swingman, according to a source.
Few weeks ago, Stein first reported that the Chicago Bulls are among the teams interested in trading for Gay. However, those discussions ended rapidly after Chicago signed hometown icon Dwayne Wade and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo in free agency. Bulls don’t have the needed salary cap to absorb Gay’s $13 million salary.
Rudy Gay a one-year rental…
Remember, Gay has a player option on his contract for 2017-18. Therefore, any team that acquires him would be doing so on one-year rental. This gives Kings very little leverage in trade talks.
The Nets, who failed in the pursuit to land Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson via max offer sheets, have approximately $20 million left in cap room and should be able to acquire Gay’s contract without giving up too much.
According to Today’s Fastbreak, Gay and Brooklyn would be a good match. “Gay could start for Brooklyn and would provide secondary scoring to a lineup that will need it. His presence would surely make things easier for Jeremy Lin and Brook Lopez, and he would allow Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to progress at his own pace. Even if he opts in next summer, general manager Sean Marks would have enough cap room to offer a max deal,” read the report.
As noted before, the Nets don’t need to offer too much to the Kings since they are flush with cap room. They can simply offer Sean Kilpatrick and/or Bojan Bogdanovic to make this trade go down.
With an eye towards rebuilding for the future, it’s likely that Kings trade both Gay and DeMarcus Cousins, the team’s best two players for several years, before the end of the offseason.
Rudy Gay averaged a career-low 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. However, the volume scorer improved his field goal percentage to 46.3. However, he remains an inconsistent shooter from the three-point arc (34.4 per cent).