A 29 years old Sacramento Kings power forward Rudy Gay is on a trade block. He didn't officially ask for a trade, but he wants out and Kings know that. So they started searching his next destination. Also, Sacramento is looking to trade a couple more players.
His last season wasn't very good. He averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 70 games for the Kings last season, which is below his average career numbers. He belongs now to the veterans of the NBA League because he just finished his 10th season in NBA.
On 2006 Draft, Gay was selected by the Rockets, but on July 12, they traded him to the Grizzlies. He played seven seasons in Memphis and after that, he was traded to the Raptors, where he played his best games and had the highest numbers in his career. After two seasons, on December 9, 2013, he was traded to the Kings. After three seasons, it seems that he will change his jersey again.
So which team will be interested in Rudy Gay and is eager to take his $14M contract with a 2017-2018 player option?
Pacers are interested in Rudy Gay and they are trying to bring him in Indiana, but Kings are not satisfied with their currently offer. Indiana had some significant activity in last 10 days. They brought some quality players. Al Jefferson, Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young are some of the names, but also they needed to give some players too. They are going through a rebuilding phase, but I think that they had good moves and that they improved their roster.
Adding Gay next to Paul George will be a great combination, which can lead to great Indiana performance next year. As I said, Kings are not satisfied with Pacers offer. They want to give Monta Ellis for Rudy Gay, but Kings want Rodney Stuckey. Larry Bird is not willing to give Stuckey so easily and it seems that agreement is not near, but everything can change in a bit.
New Orleans Pelicans
After Ryan Anderson signed for the Rockets, Pelicans are in a pursuit for a new power forward player. Rudy Gay seems to be a great choice for their gap at power forward position.
They have some great individuals on the roster. Tyreke Evans is a former ROY. Jrue Holiday is an outstanding point guard. Their pick from this year Draft, Buddy Hield is an impressive shooter. Anthony Davis is the second best center in the league, after DeMarcus Cousins. Gay is the missing piece for this team to rise and shine.
But New Orleans Pelicans can't offer so much, expect some of the players I enumerated in my recent sentences. Evans is the most likely player that will be included in this trade, but he is not willing to return to the Kings, where he played four seasons. If Pelicans make consensus with the Kings and Evans, Gay with his perimeter and 3-point shooting and Davis with his 20-25 points every night, they can hope for a playoff.
Los Angeles Clippers
A team where Gay can fit perfectly is Los Angeles Clippers. There is a space at the small forward position in the Clippers, which Gay can fill. Lineup Paul, Reddick, Gay, Griffin, Jordan will be deadly and unstoppable. Problem is that Clippers can't offer so much. They can't some quality players what the Sacramento Kings are looking for. Griffin, Paul and Jordan are intangible for the trade and trading JJ Reddick doesn't make sense. On the other hand, there
On the other hand, there are some positive news for the Clippers fans. Cheick Diallo, Brice Johnson, David Michineau, and Diamond Stone all have value, which opens the door for a three-team deal to be made. If this happens, the Clippers will have to give two players and some future picks, but the roster with all of these stars will be the strongest team in the league after Cavs and Warriors.