HoopsHype Rudy Gay rumors

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Gay’s true shooting percentage has skyrocketed following his arrival in Sacramento. Through 12 games with the Kings, the veteran wing has a true shooting percentage of 56.7 percent. That’s nearly 10-percentage points higher than the 46.8 TS% he recorded in 18 games with the Raptors. It’s also four-percentage points higher than his career 52.4 TS%. Better shot selection (which we’ll touch on more later) coupled with more productive visits to the line have helped improve Gay’s true shooting percentage. With the Kings, he’s posted a free throw rate of 34.6 percent compared to 26.3 percent with the Raptors. Cowbell Kingdom

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Despite efficient start to #SacKings career, Rudy Gay not out to prove anything against his advanced stats critics. I asked Gay postgame about whether his efficient start to his Kings' career might be a message to his statistically-driven detractors. "Just trying to play basketball (to the) best of my abilities," Gay said. "That's all. I work on this game every day. On days off, I come back and work on it. And if shots fall, it's just attributed to my work." Sulia

December 13, 2013 Updates

The next four months will certainly matter, as Gay made it clear that – despite the widespread assumption that he would never pass up the chance to make $19.3 million next season – he has not made a decision on whether to become a free agent this summer. To be more specific, he chuckled at the notion that even the worst of experiences couldn't convince him to opt out of that sort of payday. "Um, I don't know," he said with a smile. "Honestly, people out there can think what they want, but it's really not as much about the money as you'd think. You know, obviously, I've made a lot of money in my career. And with God's help, and with my knees and everything being healthy, hopefully I can make a lot more." USA Today Sports

"One thing about me is that nothing is going to hurt my confidence," Gay, who is expected to debut with the Kings in Phoenix on Friday night, told USA TODAY Sports after his first practice with his new team. "Being traded shouldn't hurt your confidence. It should make you more confident, because obviously this is a team that wants me and wants me to be a part of the team. It doesn't hurt my confidence at all. Once you've gone into a situation, you have to find different ways for you to be effective." USA Today Sports

December 11, 2013 Updates

This time, he’s with the Kings, part of a trade with forward Quincy Acy and center Aaron Gray for Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez. It’s enough to shake a man’s confidence – well, not Gay’s confidence. “No, I’m just trying to find a new home, that’s all,” said Gay, who is expected to make his debut with the Kings tonight against the Utah Jazz at Sleep Train Arena. “I work too hard to downgrade myself or think any different of myself. I’m just here to make this team better, that’s all. And that’s what they want me to do. That’s an easy job for me.” Sacramento Bee

But Gay said he was thrown off by the timing. “We were in L.A. (Sunday) getting ready for a game and all of a sudden (he was pulled from the lineup),” Gay said. “It was really all of a sudden.” Gay is excited that Kings management is happy to have him. “That’s part of it – you know they believe in me,” Gay said. “I’m here to just to prove them right.” Sacramento Bee

December 10, 2013 Updates

Rudy Gay might be the subject of scorn and derision on the Internet, but Kings fans welcomed him to Sacramento with open arms and a standing ovation on Monday. With just a few minutes remaining in Sacramento’s exciting 112-97 home win over Dallas, Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy walked down a Sleep Train Arena aisle and past the Kings bench. As the three players moved through the crowd, dressed in matching Kings sweatsuits and hats, they received applause from the fans and from Kings players, including star center DeMarcus Cousins. All three players shook hands with Cousins, and Gay saluted the home crowd as the trio walked off the court. SI.com

Critics of the Kings' acquisition of Rudy Gay point to his high usage rate and low shooting efficiency. I asked the Kings GM how important it is to look at Gay's numbers in the position he was put in the last few years. "Very important," D'Alessandro said. "That’s a great question. I read everything that everyone reads. We have our processes too and we see things differently. That’s just the nature of that ever-growing and ever-expanding game. We look at him differently than maybe others do. I feel like a lot of times with certain players, it’s where they’re getting the ball, it’s where they’re scoring, it’s the position they’re put in. And I think we have a good idea, we’re talking as a staff a little bit, we have a good idea of what positions that we’d like to put him in." Sulia

“We’re not kidding anybody,” D’Alessandro said bluntly before Monday’s tipoff against the Dallas Mavericks. “We’re a long way from being a completed product. We have five wins. We need players here.” The purge thus begins in earnest. Finally. Belatedly. Wholeheartedly. Kings fans who have waited almost a decade for this degree of seismic activity can look at the roster and almost recognize a plan, a semblance of sanity, a sense of purpose, a trade that makes sense. Sacramento Bee

Monday’s deal for Gay has Kings execs smiling for two reasons. If he fills the void at small forward and produces on the frontline with Cousins, the organization will attempt to extend a contract that includes a $19 million player option for next season. If his presence doesn’t resolve the small forward dilemma, the Kings can cut him loose after next season (no one walks away from $19 million) and use the money to pursue other free agents. “I put a high premium on talent and character, and Rudy Gay has an abundance of both,” said Bryan Colangelo, the former Raptors general manager who acquired Gay from Memphis last January in a deal that was widely regarded as a salary dump by the Grizzlies. “Obviously, Pete (D’Alessandro) has a mandate to increase the talent level of his team as opposed to depleting it. This move is a pretty good indication of that.” Sacramento Bee

December 9, 2013 Updates

Ujiri termed the deletion of Gay’s $19.3 million 2014-15 contract option a “long-term” move and said the uncertainty of not knowing whether Gay would opt out (even though it seems unthinkable he would, given how poorly he’s played this season) made his job more difficult. “That option was tough on our part. It’s a tough place to be where you can’t go to Rudy and say: ‘Hey, we need to talk about the future.’ That option really put us in a tough position to plan. I would say flexibility long-term,” Ujiri said. Toronto Sun

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