HoopsHype Rudy Gay rumors

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“Our fans know – I think we’ve been very clear about how we feel about their level of talent. I would say with Rudy, I’ve been talking to his agent since the day he arrived. We didn’t trade him to have him for a year, so we’re going to continue meeting with Rudy. One of the things we thought when we did the deal (to acquire) Rudy was it gives him a real chance to not just know our front office, but to know our community. I think he’s really impressed by the community in many ways – because our community really is impressive. One of the proudest moments for me this season, as a general manager, was when he, Aaron and Quincy came walking down the stands when they first arrived and everyone was just cheering. You could see it on their faces, and I think it makes you proud to be a part of a community that supports a team like that. He’s getting to know us from that level, so I think it’s really important. NBA.com

“At the end of the day, this is a business. A decision needs to be made, and there’s a lot involved, but we’ve made no mistake about it with him, and he knows what our intent is with him. NBA.com

April 26, 2014 Updates

Jon Santiago: Rudy Gay appreciated how flexible Kings were w/ his wife's pregnancy at end of reg. season. That's counts a lot in his book. Gay's wife Ecko was out in Sacramento for about two months and he said that she liked what she saw. Twitter @itsjonsantiago

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Sometimes what seems like the most unlikely of pairings winds up working better than anyone could have imagined. The Sacramento Kings made an aggressive move midseason when they acquired Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors, and while the trade has not resulted in a ton of wins in the short-term, there are indications that Gay might be a big part of the Kings’ rebuilding plan going forward. “I have to [keep a positive attitude], man,” Gay told Basketball Insiders. “No matter where I go, I have to be me and be the best me I can be. Honestly, I feel like I do that better here. The wins don’t really pan out like I like for them to, but I definitely feel comfortable here.” Basketball Insiders

As for the decision ahead of him, Gay has been careful not to allow himself to become a distraction for the rest of the team. “Everything is a possibility,” Gay said of his future. “For right now, I just owe it to my teammates to finish the season out to the best of my ability and not comment too much. We have a lot of young guys that probably haven’t been a part of situations like this so I don’t think it’d be fair for me to be steering them one way or the other.” Basketball Insiders

Rudy Gay is a bit distracted these days. Gay’s wife, Ecko, a regular at Kings home games this season, is back in Memphis, Tenn., preparing to give birth to the couple’s first child, a boy. Gay said it’s been tough playing while waiting for news of when his son will be born. “Obviously, you have to separate the two, but when they collide like they are, it does weigh on the back of your mind,” Gay said. “I have a lot of people here that are in my corner and trying to make sure that I’m there.” Sacramento Bee

April 3, 2014 Updates

In February this roster was about one phone call from a controlled demolition, and the call would have carried Lowry away. But the call never came. “[We came] very, very close [to a different path],” says Ujiri, on the phone from Chicago. “I think it was clear for us that after the Rudy Gay trade we were going to see how this whole thing was going to play out … but one thing that really encouraged me was that Kyle, I think Kyle really grew up. We had some honest discussions, and some honest challenges. National Post

April 1, 2014 Updates

So it is possible he trades the $19.3 million for a longer deal now rather than postponing the life decision another season. “Everything’s possible. I work hard. I work very hard. I feel as though when you work hard and you do things the right way, at the end of the day you will be rewarded. Whether it’s taking that year or whether it’s opting out and signing a new contract, I feel like I will be rewarded for my hard work.” Because either outcome is possible. Because he said he has not made a decision. NBA.com

“I think I can have a future here for sure,” Gay says. “For sure. With the people we have in the front office, with the coaches, I definitely fit in here. It’s just when you get here, you’re set and you’re settled and everything’s blown over, when you have your contract and everything’s set, no matter where you are, it’s just where do we go from there? I’m looking forward to weighing my options.” NBA.com

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