Rudy Gay has been on the trading block for most of the offseason, and it seems like the Los Angeles Clippers could acquire the Sacramento Kings forward.
Gay, an unrestricted free agent next summer, has no intention to stay in Sacramento. Last month, he told The Undefeated that will not pick up his $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.
“It’s not rocket science,” an animated Gay said when asked about his future in Sac-Town.
The Clippers, who have long struggled to find a solution at the small forward position, view Gay as the missing piece of the puzzle.
Over the last few seasons, Clippers coach-cum-president Doc Rivers has tried various players at the 3 spot including Paul Pierce, Matt Barnes, Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson.
However, the Clippers are yet to find a permanent solution at the wing. Last week, Rivers admitted that the position is up for grabs and will feature a duel between Mbah a Moute, Alan Anderson and Johnson.
Pierce, who is entering his last season, is also a last resort solution.
Rudy Gay to Clippers?
Now, it’s not easy for Rivers to pull off a trade for Gay.
Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson, who signed fresh contracts this summer, can’t be traded before the Jan. 14 trade restriction.
Mbah a Moute, Marreese Speights and Reymond Felton can’t be moved until the Dec. 14 trade restriction.
Technically, the Clippers can’t move anyone but J.J. Redick for Gay. However, that seems unlikely since the sharpshooter is a major component of Los Angeles’ offense.
Earlier this week, ESPN insider Kevin Pelton reported that it’s a matter of time before Kings deal Gay.
“Having signed Matt Barnes, and with their depth at power forward potentially pushing Omri Casspi to the 3 spot, the Kings seem to be preparing for life without Gay — who can opt out of his contract next summer.
“Dealing him could get Sacramento the depth at point guard the team currently lacks, which might gain urgency if newcomer Garrett Temple struggles as Darren Collison’s backup.”
Pelton makes a sound point about Kings wanting a guard in return. Would it make sense for the Clippers to offer Crawford or Rivers in January? Will the Kings be willing to wait until then?
Stay tuned for the latest on Rudy Gay.