During the offseason, there was much chatter about Rudy Gay wanting out of the Sacramento Kings. It even included reports that he demanded a trade and has let the organization know that he will not pick up his player option next summer that will allow him to become unrestricted free agent. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the veteran forward could very well land with another team in the Western Conference.
“The trade front is quiet now; everyone in the bloated middle is waiting to see how good they are before pivoting up or down. The Kings may be the best bet to act early, since Gay politely told them he would very much like to leave. Keep an eye on the Thunder among potential Gay suitors.”
The move to the Oklahoma City Thunder could be a very intriguing move for both sides. The Thunder have the need for another proven scorer with the departure of Kevin Durant and Gay certainly fits that bill in that regard. He could immediately help improve their championship chances playing in an uptempo offense alongside a top-five player in Russell Westbrook and a rising star in Victor Oladipo.
With both teams just above the league’s current salary cap, this would require Oklahoma City to move a few players in order to make the financials work. The Thunder haven’t been shy about making a move if it’s for the betterment of the team. All in all, it’s definitely something to keep an eye on heading into this upcoming season.