Sacramento Kings Rumors
A decision about which point guards make the roster could be tied to a trade of Gay, the starting small forward the Kings unsuccessfully shopped during the offseason, according to multiple league sources. Gay told the team he will opt out of the final year of his contract after this season, forcing the Kings to continue pursuing a trade or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Sacramento also has made shooting guard Ben McLemore, in the final year of his rookie contract, available for months, after acquiring Malachi Richardson in a draft-day deal and signing veteran Arron Afflalo.
Steve Kyler: Kings are not waiving Rudy Gay… They’ll trade him at some point. Deadline for stretching current year has passed twitter.com/mechanixx/stat…
And the man is miserable. He has been moping around for the better part of two seasons. His decision to opt out of the final year (2017-18) of his contract comes as no surprise. It was Gay – in his familiar and typically polite way – encouraging the Kings to trade him, preferably to a contender, and sooner rather than later. He has no intention of re-signing with the team.
That’s the party line, but in reality the debate is over. Privately, the Kings acknowledge a deal is in the best interests of both parties. They have been and will continue to entertain offers for Gay, hoping he responds to his pending free agency with career-best performances that make him even more attractive to potential suitors.