Report: Rudy Gay pushing for trade from Sacramento
Not many opportunities are readily available to escape the basketball badlands in Sacramento. So with the NBA trade deadline imminent, Kings forward Rudy Gay is making the most of this one.
According to a report by Sam Amico of FOX Sports on Wednesday, Gay is said to be pushing for a trade out of Sacramento before Thursday’s deadline.
Sounds like Kings forward Rudy Gay pushing for a trade before Thursday's 3 pm EST deadline, per Basketball Insiders.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) February 17, 2016
Gay, 29, holds averages of 17.9 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 1.7 assists per game on a career-high 47.3 percent shooting from the field for the Kings in 2015-16. He has two years and $27.6 million remaining on his contract after this season, including a player option for 2018 (which could make teams slightly less willing to roll the dice on him).
The UConn product is still a valuable talent though. He has three-point range and can function as a team’s primary scorer in a situation where he doesn’t have to compete with DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo for touches. Gay’s once-atrocious shot selection seems to have improved every year, he’s relatively durable, and he doesn’t hurt you on the defensive end.
Hopefully, the Kings handle a decision on Gay’s future better than they did with (still) head coach George Karl.
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