While Russell Westbrook is one of the best in the league, it’s hard to dispute the fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder have looked less threatening since Kevin Durant left this summer. The addition of Victor Oladipo has given some relief, but the Thunder still lack a scoring edge on the wings.
The team wants to fix that, and they’ve set their sights on Rudy Gay as the man to do it. They were interested in signing him this summer, but nothing came of it. The interest hasn’t waned though, and apparently the team is still actively working on a trade to acquire him from Sacramento. Via ESPN:
They acquired Oladipo with the idea of making him a sixth man — the new Harden — instead of jamming him alongside Westbrook into a starting five with zero proven above-average NBA 3-point shooters. They remain interested in bigger wings, including Rudy Gay, sources say, in part because such a player would slide everyone down to their intended spots: Oladipo to the bench, and Andre Roberson back to defending shooting guards.
Gay has made it clear that he intends to leave Sacramento this summer, so a trade seems likely. Especially with Boogie also keen on leaving, the Kings need to get value now while they can before their two biggest stars walk away for free.
The only variable that remains unclear is what the Thunder will offer the Kings in return. Gay is on a $13.3 million contract right now, so the Thunder will have to work out a package deal that includes some combination of Alex Abrines, Kyle Singler, Andre Roberson, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne.