HoopsHype Rudy Gay rumors

February 8, 2014 Updates

The Sacramento Kings small forward has a player option for next season worth $19.3 million, and the Suns are expected to have serious interest if he decides to opt out. While second-year Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is clearly open to a star player of any kind, it's believed that he would prefer it to be a perimeter player. USA Today Sports

February 7, 2014 Updates

It's no secret at this point that the Suns are searching for a star to take their shockingly-good season to yet another level, and as was first reported by ESPN, they're currently considering the question of whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol is that player. But if that deal or any other doesn't happen, here's one player to watch when free agency rolls around in July: Rudy Gay. The Sacramento Kings small forward has a player option for next season worth $19.3 million, and the Suns are expected to have serious interest if he decides to opt out. While second-year Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is clearly open to a star player of any kind, it's believed that he would prefer it to be a perimeter player. USA Today Sports

February 5, 2014 Updates

Q: How much are you listening to some of the negative noise that's out there nowadays about your game? Rudy Gay: Honestly, of course, at times you think about it. You hear things that make you want to prove people wrong. But at this point I know who I am. And luckily the people here [with the Kings] know who I am and what kind of player I can be for this team. That's all that really matters. So I just try to tune it out and just play basketball. If I can go out there and do [that], that's the best I can do. ESPN.com

January 27, 2014 Updates
January 23, 2014 Updates

Sacramento lost forward Rudy Gay to a left Achilles tendon injury and leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins to left ankle sprain against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Gay, who tied a career high with 41 points on Tuesday night, was injured midway through the first quarter and limped off the court and to the locker room. Cousins was injured on a hard foul by Patrick Beverley that drew a technical in the second quarter. Both players missed the rest of the game and Sacramento lost 119-98. ESPN.com

January 22, 2014 Updates
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January 13, 2014 Updates

In the third quarter, the Cavaliers (13-24) made only four shots and shot 20 percent, both season lows for a Kings opponent. “This young team is growing and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Rudy Gay said. “We can become a really good team. It takes hard work and we’re working hard, and coach has been great. As long as we keep going on that same path, we should be a good team.” Sacramento Bee

January 11, 2014 Updates
January 6, 2014 Updates

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

December 17, 2013 Updates
December 16, 2013 Updates

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

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