First off, the Rudy Gay rumors will not go away, as he has been a hot commodity since the off-season. Before the 2016-2017 NBA season started, Rudy Gay came out and said “It’s not rocket science” about his decision to leave the Kings after the season. When he does opt out of his current contract, he will leave a total of $14.3 mil on the table.
Now, the Sacramento Kings can get some thing back in return for him, but this whole process has been bitter, as they do not want to trade him for a low return. That is why I put an interesting few packages together for the Kings to complete a trade with the Houston Rockets. The funny thing about him being traded to Houston would be the fact that they already traded him, which this happened back in the 2006 NBA Draft, as they selected him with the eighth overall pick, but traded his rights to the Memphis Grizzlies for Shane Battier.
In addition, the deal will of course include Rudy Gay to the Rockets with deal option number one and two being similar by involving one player and a future first-round draft pick. Deal one includes Sam Dekker and 2018’s first-round draft pick and deal two involves K.J. McDaniels and next year’s first-round draft pick. Dekker has more potential over McDaniels, which is why the first-round pick attached to his deal is a future pick instead of next year’s draft.
Now, deal number three is Rudy Gay and a two future second-round draft picks for both K.J McDaniels and Sam Dekker with the Kings waiving Anthony Tolliver or someone to make room for one of the players coming back in return.
Furthermore, the last deal would involve Corey Brewer heading back to Sacramento with a pair of one late future first-round draft pick and a second-round draft pick for Rudy Gay. Brewer is under contract for next season for $7.5 mil and would be a free agent after the 2017-2018 season. The Kings come out with a similar player with less of a scoring touch, but maybe better defensive skill set and two draft picks. The small forward position will not be an issue for the Kings next year.
Interestingly, Rudy Gay will most likely opt out of his deal no matter where he lands via trade, but I do think he would re-sign with the Rockets, as it is a team that fits his style of play and they have the money to pay him what he wants, which they would most likely be willing to pay him.
Also, The 30-year-old complete wing forward fits Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system by being able to play the run ‘n run game at an high level and to play defense. Rudy Gay is the missing piece in Houston’s run for gold. He is an excellent compliment to James Harden and Eric Gordon, but if Rudy Gay comes off the bench, it would not be a bad option as they lack a true scorer off the bench.
Finally, Rudy Gay is playing with fire in his eyes. In seven games this year, he is averaging 22.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game. He is playing at an elite level right now, which is the reason why he will get depart Sacramento soon.