HoopsHype Rudy Gay rumors

December 9, 2013 Updates

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

#SacKings coach Michael Malone's thoughts on Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray: "The first thing is it’s always tough when you make a trade involving seven players. It’s never easy. I thank Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson for everything they’ve done for me as a first-time head coach. I really appreciated the leadership of Greivis, John and Chuck. They are pros and I thanked them all last night. But in Rudy Gay, you get a 6’10, versatile scorer. And I know everybody’s hung up on his 38 percent this year, but if you look at his numbers throughout his career, he’s shot well over 45 percent a number of seasons. So I’m not as concerned as a lot of these analytic people get concerned about (Rudy). He’s a very talented player. End of games, he can make plays for you. He’s versatile. He can score in the post, handling the ball, catch-and-shoot, isolation, so he’s talented and we’ve become a much more talented team with him. Sulia

Everyone said no, and they did so abruptly. This is how far Gay’s value has declined league-wide over the last 18 months. I know GMs who say they wouldn’t touch him now in free agency for the midlevel exception. Only one team was left: the Kings, with a new ownership group determined to make a splash and a new GM, Pete D’Alessandro, who worked with Toronto GM Masai Ujiri in Denver. Grantland

Was Rudy Gay surprised to be traded? The new #SacKings SF shares his thoughts: "It wasn’t a surprise," Gay said upon arriving at Sleep Train Arena this afternoon. "I think timing was surprising to me, but I wasn’t surprised at all. I pretty much knew what direction the organization was going to go in." Sulia

The Sacramento Kings today acquired forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy along with center Aaron Gray from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. “We’re excited to welcome these additions to our team,” said D’Alessandro. “In Rudy we’ve acquired one of the league’s proven scorers while Aaron and Quincy provide size and depth in our frontcourt. We also appreciate the contributions and efforts that John, Chuck, Greivis and Patrick made to the Kings organization. We all wish them the very best moving forward.” NBA.com

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have acquired guard Greivis Vasquez (GRAY-vis VASS-kezs), guard-forward John Salmons (SAL-mons), and forwards Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy and centre Aaron Gray. “We thank Rudy, Aaron and Quincy for their time here. They were great professionals and strong community ambassadors of the Raptors,” said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. “The trade gives us good flexibility and more certainty as we plan for our future.” Raptors.com

Vivek Ranadive was the driving force behind the Kings' acquisition of Rudy Gay. He wanted Gay for a few months, "analytics be damned," one league source indicated. The Kings think Gay will put up much better shooting numbers playing with DeMarcus Cousins, as he did in Memphis playing off of Marc Gasol, compared to what he did in Toronto. We'll see. I don't know if the starting five Sacramento will put out there in the short term -- Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore, Gay, Derrick Williams and Cousins -- makes any sense from a basketball standpoint. But, some nights, they'll be very entertaining. NBA.com

When news leaked out Sunday night that Gay and forward Quincy Acy were being sent to Sacramento for a quartet of role players, none of whom come with booby-trapped contracts, reaction around the league was incredulous. “Doesn’t Sacramento watch the games?” said one long-time league executive. SportsNet

December 8, 2013 Updates

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