The 11-year NBA veteran averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30 games with the Kings last season before suffering a season-ending complete tear of his left Achilles tendon on Jan. 18 against the Indiana Pacers. Montgomery said that Gay is “ahead of schedule” as he has passed the initial rehabilitation stage, was cleared medically to begin weightlifting and is expected to be back on the court by mid-June.
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Gay told The Undefeated before last season that it wouldn’t be “rocket science” to opt out of his deal with the rebuilding Kings. That proclamation became less certain after the 6-foot-8, 230-pounder suffered the Achilles injury. Now the 30-year-old expects to be ready for training camp and is open to talking to any teams, including the Kings, a source said.
On Monday, Gay provided a closer look at his rehabilitation process by posting a short video clip on his Instagram account, with a caption that simply read “Attacking rehab”. The signs seem to be encouraging for the Kings forward who appeared to be moving well in the clip.
Great news for Sacramento Kings star Rudy Gay — his recovery from a torn Achilles injury is going GREAT … with Gay telling us he’s 1 MONTH ahead of schedule! As we previously reported, Rudy ruptured his tendon in a game against the Pacers on January 18 and underwent surgery a few days later.
Since injuring his left achilles on Jan 18, Rudy Gay continues to make tremendous progress on his recovery. On Monday afternoon, head athletic trainer Manny Romero and director of sports medicine Pete Youngman took to social media to give fans a sneak peak of Rudy putting in work.
In the brief clip, Rudy can be seen running on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, which according to its website “allows patients to rehabilitate with less pain while reducing the risk of further injury…”
“I’m out of the boot, second stage of my rehab, ahead of schedule and feeling good,” the 30-year-old wing told CSN California’s Kayte Christensen. According to Gay, he is able to due weight bearing exercises, including some light squats. The 11-year NBA vet is still a ways away from returning to the court, but if he’s ahead of schedule, that means he might be ready for training camp come late September.
Sean Cunningham: Rudy Gay said that he’s scheduled to return to basketball related activities in late June. He’s excited. Has had a lot of time to think
Gay informed the Kings before the start of the season he intended to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Gay said those plans could change due to the injury. He’s on course to be ready for next season but said he’ll decide what to do after an evaluation of his health and his agent’s assessment of the market. “I’m looking at where I feel most comfortable, where I can showcase my talents and win,” Gay said. “Wherever I think I can do that at, that’s the best place for me.”
When Gay was injured, he and DeMarcus Cousins were were the top players in Sacramento’s quest to end a 10-year playoff drought. Gay was lost after 40 games, and Cousins was traded to New Orleans at the All-Star break. Now the Kings’ front office is focused on the draft and the future. “It’s different, but I’ve been around the league for a long time,” Gay said. “Also I’ve been around trades, I’ve been traded, I understand how this league is.”
Jason Jones: Rudy Gay on what he’s looking for in a team: “I’m looking at where I feel most comfortable, where I can showcase my talents and win. Wherever I think i can do that at, that’s the best place for me. “
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On Monday January 23rd, Sacramento Kings Forward Rudy Gay underwent a successful Achilles tendon surgery performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at HSS, The Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City.
Dr. O’Malley: “The surgery was successful and there are no complications or unexpected findings. He will be on crutches and in a boot for the next six weeks. He will start physical therapy in two weeks and formal rehabilitation at eight weeks post-surgery. It is anticipated that he will be able to participate in training camp and be ready to play at the start of next season.”
Marc J. Spears: Kings say forward Rudy Gay will have surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC.
The initial report is a torn left Achilles tendon. An MRI is set for Thursday morning, but CSN California has learned the diagnosis is correct. There is no timeline for what comes next for Gay, but surgery is required for the team’s second leading scorer.
The news couldn’t be any worse for the Sacramento Kings. A 106-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers sent the Kings to their sixth loss in seven tries on the homestand. But an injury to Rudy Gay had the locker room as quiet as it’s ever been. “Somber, very somber,” Garrett Temple said of the team’s mood. “We have a team of good character guys. Guys that have the right mindset and it’s tough to see people get hurt, especially a guy like Rudy. I’m going to be praying for him and hopefully he can bounce back stronger than before.”
Preliminary evaluation by the Kings medical staff indicates Rudy Gay suffered a torn left Achilles’ tendon in the third quarter of tonight’s game versus Indiana. An MRI scheduled for tomorrow will confirm the diagnosis.
Gay, 30, made it clear coming into the season that he intended to walk away from the final season of his Kings contract, valued at $14.3 million in 2017-18, to opt for free agency in July. That led to a widespread belief around the league that Gay would be one of the more accomplished players moved before the league’s Feb. 23 trade deadline.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rudy Gay’s torn Achilles will seriously change trade deadline and free agency. He planned to opt-out of $14.2M for 17-18. Complex choice now
Sean Cunningham: Kings SF Rudy Gay had precautionary MRI which came back negative. He’ll be listed as day-to-day going forward.
Sean Cunningham: Kings’ F Rudy Gay will miss another game today in Dallas with the hip flexor strain. Omri Casspi was upgraded to probable.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: MRI results on Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay came back negative. He’s listed day-to-day with a hip flexor strain.
Sean Cunningham: Kings F Rudy Gay is out for tonight’s game in Milwaukee with a rib cartilage strain.
Earlier this summer, Rudy Gay underwent shock wave treatment — not surgery — to alleviate pain in his Achilles, a source confirmed to CSNCalifornia.com.
Peter Edmiston: Rudy Gay will be out tonight for the Kings. Sorry guys.
Jason Jones: Rudy Gay is at practice today wearing goggles.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will not play Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers after suffering a “a corneal abrasion of his left eye” the Kings announced. Gay was injured during the second overtime of the Kings’ loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night when Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker hit Gay in the eye while defending a three-point attempt.
Jason Jones: Rudy Gay says at shootaround he’s good to play tonight.
James Ham: The Sacramento Kings announced that forward Rudy Gay underwent an MRI on his left shoulder Friday and the results confirmed the team’s original diagnosis of a strained left shoulder. The 10-year NBA veteran injured himself in the third quarter of the Kings 116-109 loss to the Miami Heat on Thursday and did not return to the game.
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“We need the best possible player that’s gonna help us win, and I’m with that,” Thomas said. “Anything Danny and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I’m all for that. I want to win a championship and being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more. “I’m all help if they need it. I’ll be around.”
Thomas admitted he’d listen to extension talks but won’t be upset if the Celtics ultimately use available dollars to better the team. “[An extension] means more money? Yeah, I would love that,” Thomas quipped. “But if it don’t happen, I’m the last person to be bothered by that. I know everything happens for a reason so, when my time comes, I know it will come and God will bless me.”
“He doesn’t seem like he’s overjoyed or anything like that,” Golden State forward Draymond Green, one of Durant’s closest friends, said Monday after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. “Excited to be headed to the Finals, but at the same time, he knows he didn’t make the decision he made to go to the Finals. He made the decision he made, No. 1, for his own life.”