NBA rumors: Rudy Gay to Utah

Shams Charania: Free agent Rudy Gay has agreed to a deal with the Utah Jazz, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

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Paul Garcia: The Spurs signing McDermott is probably a sign Rudy Gay might not return to San Antonio. McDermott can start or come off the bench in Gay's role. But, this could be another player in the way of Luka Samanic earning rotation minutes.
Otto Porter Jr. and Rudy Gay are two players the Jazz hold interest in. But those names also come with caveats. Gay is thought to be leaning toward the Los Angeles Lakers.
Mike Finger: Just noted to Rudy Gay that, technically, he doesn’t have a contract beyond tomorrow. “I’ve thought about it once or twice,” he said.
Second, the Warriors could chase a late-career player who is willing to take less money in pursuit of a championship. Rudy Gay looks like such an option, but multiple sources said they expect him to re-sign with the Spurs (potentially for more than $10 million per season). Several executives mentioned Trevor Ariza as a perfect match for the Warriors, but Ariza is likely to command better offers from other teams, so he’d have to be willing to leave money on the table.
Jeff McDonald: "The one guy who played a key role this year who's gonna be an unrestricted free agent this summer is Rudy Gay, and I think both sides kind of have an interest in hooking up again and bringing him back. I'm sure Rudy will look around and see if anybody else offers him a better deal or situation, and the Spurs will look at what they can offer him, but I think at the end of the day, for both sides, re-upping the marriage is a smart deal."
“We are hoping we can figure out a way to keep him here,” Popovich said, via Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “Rudy is a scorer. He’s somebody who changes games. And he’s gotten better rebounding-wise and defensively, which was never his forte. But he understands the importance of it and is just getting better every year. “He’s a very outgoing individual. He’s an easy teammate to be with, so he makes people feel comfortable. For young guys just starting out like Lonnie, it’s important to see the vets and be able to sit down and have a meal with them and laugh. (Gay) does that well.”
The San Antonio Spurs announced on Wednesday that they have officially re-signed Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans. As always with team policy, the terms of their contracts were not disclosed, but Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reported the deal for Gay was worth one year at $10 million. The deal for Bertans is reportedly two years for $14.5 million.
Alex Kennedy: The Golden State Warriors were interested in Rudy Gay. But the general consensus around the NBA was that Gay would re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs. It appears he'll ink a one-year, $10 million deal (per @Shams Charania).
Gay is turning down a salary of $8.8 million in order to hit free agency. The 31-year-old veteran signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Spurs in the offseason of 2017, and the deal contained a player option on the second year. For the first time in his 11-year NBA career, Gay served in a reserve capacity in his lone season in San Antonio.
Paul Garcia: On an ESPN radio interview Thursday, Danny Green said he has an idea of what Rudy Gay is going to do with his player option. Dejounte Murray posted this photo on Instagram the same day. Gay has until June 29 to exercise or decline the PO.
You have an $8,826,300 player option for the 2018-19 season, so you could opt out and become an unrestricted free agent. Have you given any thought to that yet? Rudy Gay: No. Right now, I’m just watching these playoff games and enjoying it. When that time comes, I have enough people around me to help with that decision. Right now, I’m getting ready to go on vacation, man. I haven’t been on a vacation in years!
It was awesome to see you come back from the Achilles injury and be healthy again. I’m curious, though, have you given any thought to how much longer you want to continue playing? I know you’re only 31 years old, but have you given that any thought? Rudy Gay: Man, that’s a question I haven’t gotten before! Just thinking off the top, when you go through an injury like that and you work really hard to come back as quickly as I did, it can either go two ways: You can feel burnt out or you can feel hungry for more. Personally, I’m hungry for more. As far as how many years I have left, I don’t know. But I don’t feel like the end is near at all.
He just completed his first season with the Spurs, on a two-year contract. The second year includes a player option worth $8.8 million. Gay could opt out and become an unrestricted free agent. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Gay seems “genuinely torn” on what to do. “Obviously I have to go through and assess some things,” Gay said. “But after a season like this, it’s hard not to want to come back and fight for a championship. I love these guys.”
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward Rudy Gay. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
Sam Amick: Rudy Gay & Spurs coach Gregg Popovich talked by phone about a possible pairing. Obviously that chat went well. San Antonio makes solid move.
Adrian Wojnarowski: In the end, Gay left Sacramento for San Antonio for a chance to be part of a contender. Spurs worked hard to close this over 72 hours.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Rudy Gay has agreed to a two year deal with the Spurs, league sourcs tell ESPN.
Barry Jackson: Heat ultimately thought Olynyk was better player than Gay at that money. Concerns with Gay on several issues, including Achilles return.
Royce Young: On the Rudy Gay front, hearing the Thunder are his preference, but there's a sizable gap on what OKC can offer and what Gay's looking for.
Two external free agents believed to be of interest to the Heat: Sacramento small forward Rudy Gay and Toronto power forward Patrick Patterson. Gay has a home in Miami and has long had great interest in the Heat, according to a source. He has spoken with several teams, including Oklahoma City and Golden State, but hasn’t committed anywhere and likely would be receptive to Heat interest.
Time will tell how much Paul’s departure truly hurts the Clippers. They still have the ability to create salary cap space to get a quality free agent. Free agent forward Rudy Gay is meeting with two teams on Monday, one of which is the Clippers, sources told The Undefeated. With the Western Conference being so tough, the Clippers will need a healthy Griffin and a quick-jelling team of newcomers if they hope to avoid snapping their streak of six straight playoff appearances.’s Ramona Shelburne has reported that a wealthier Griffin is expected to be back from his toe injury by season’s start.
If the Clippers are unable to find a deal that works with Gallinari, they should have other options. They were expecting to speak with Sacramento free agent Rudy Gay on Sunday, as well.
Fred Katz: Rudy Gay is in Oklahoma on a visit, but there is nothing signed, a source says. Sources also say @Enes Kanter remains a lovable goofball.
Royce Young: I'm told nothing is done between the Thunder and Rudy Gay. He is currently in Oklahoma City meeting with the Thunder today.
If Hayward eschews the Heat, the Heat likely will try to retain most of last year’s team and also could make a play for a few veterans, with Rudy Gay among those interested in Miami. But the Heat believes it left a very strong impression on Hayward, amid an earlier report by The Ringer and NBA TV that Miami is now considered the favorite by several people in the league.
Michael Gallagher: Woj on ESPN: Iguodala reached out to the Spurs about the meeting. Also Rudy Gay looks to be the backup plan for GSW.
Alex Kennedy: Rudy Gay has four meetings scheduled with teams over the next few days. He's meeting with all of the teams in Austin, TX.
Alex Kennedy: Rudy Gay's camp is pumping breaks on reported agreement with Spurs. They have meetings scheduled over next few days. Rudy weighing options.
Though Kings free agent forward Rudy Gay has interest in the Heat, Miami is not among the teams that has called to arrange a meeting with him this weekend, according to a source. Gay will meet with several interested suitors in Austin, Tx., this weekend, with Oklahoma City among them (according to Yahoo!).
Albert Nahmad: Rudy Gay has officially declined to exercise his $14.3M player option by his 6/10 deadline. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Forward Rudy Gay has informed the Kings he still plans to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to league sources who would not speak on the record. Gay, an 11-year veteran looking to return to a playoff team, would be owed $14,263,566 in the last year of a three-year contract and has until June 10 to officially opt out of his deal.
Gay was slated to make $14.2 million in the final year of contract with the Kings next season, but he plans to opt out prior to the June 10 deadline.
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.
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.
Losing Gay would magnify the Kings’ hole at small forward they never could adequately fill after Gay went down with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Jan. 18. Divac and Joerger spoke highly of Gay’s character Thursday. “His personality, when we talk about who’s going to fit on this team, he’s exactly what we’re looking for,” Divac said. The Kings would have to prove to Gay that the team is what he’s looking for, too. The Kings are in the midst of a massive youth movement, the kind of situation veterans longing to return to the postseason tend to avoid.
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.”
Multiple sources say that Gay, who tore his left Achilles tendon on Jan. 18, has remained with the team rather than being dealt away because Ranadive believes deeply that the small forward would not leave Sacramento; this despite Gay's stated decision -- before his current injury -- to opt out of his contract next summer and his desire to be elsewhere as soon as possible, a sentiment expressed to the organization repeatedly.
‎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
Barry Jackson: Heat not pursuing trade with Gay/Dragic at this time, but might pursue Gay in 2017 free agency as secondary option. - RT: Alex Kennedy: While trying to defuse trade rumors, Rudy Gay said, "I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings." Quotes like that don't defuse!
Gay won’t be the most popular King when opening night rolls around. After quietly asking to be moved during the offseason, Gay made it clear last week that he will opt out of his contract next summer, although he did leave a small window to return to Sacramento. “Personally, I made the decision to opt out,” Gay said. “Whether I sign here, whether I play the rest of the season, whether I even start here, it’s really not up to me. But wherever I am, I’m going to play to the best of my ability and try and do what I can.”
Gay will opt out of his contract after this season and become an unrestricted free agent, fueling speculation the Kings will trade the forward to avoid losing him with no compensation. “I made the decision to opt out,” Gay said Monday during the team’s media day. “Whether I sign here, whether I’m here the rest of the season or whether I start here, it’s really not up to me. Wherever I am, I’m going play to the best of my ability.”
Gay said the dialogue between himself and general manager Vlade Divac has been good lately. “We’re talking, and everything is pretty much how it needs to be,” Gay said.
Forward Rudy Gay has told the Kings he will opt out of his contract after this season, meaning he probably will leave as an unrestricted free agent. In a text message, Gay said he will “play the waiting game” to see what happens next, but he said he is ready for this season. Telling the Kings he was opting out was a formality and not a surprise.
Gay was on the trading block this summer, according to multiple league sources. But his ability to opt out of his deal made it difficult for the Kings to acquire equal value in a trade. Opting out gives Gay, 30, the opportunity to join a playoff contender. It’s unlikely he would re-sign with the Kings, considering the instability that has plagued the franchise.
Forward Rudy Gay has informed Sacramento Kings management that he plans to use his 2017 player option to become an unrestricted free agent and considers himself unlikely to negotiate a new deal to return to the franchise, league sources told The Vertical. Gay’s pledge to the Kings’ ownership and front office that he’s strongly leaning against re-signing with Sacramento is a declaration that could increase pressure on the organization to trade Gay sooner rather than later.
So far, Sacramento has shown no inclination to move Gay without a substantial package in return, league sources told The Vertical. Several teams have engaged the Kings in trade talks, but teams say those conversations have yet to find traction. Some teams have been unclear with what exactly Sacramento wants in return, and others say the asking price is too unreasonable. Nevertheless, Sacramento hasn’t ruled out trading Gay, but the team wants to compete for the playoffs, and team officials believe there are few, if any, deals available that could offer them short-term value on Gay, sources said.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is determined to hold on to Gay, whom he considers a vital talent with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins as the Kings move into a new arena this season. Ranadive has told associates that he believes he can change Gay’s mind this year and persuade him to stay, league sources said. Gay’s lack of faith in ownership’s ability to create a sustainable, winning environment has strongly influenced his decision-making process, league sources told The Vertical.
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