Rudy Gay is a 30-year-old wing known for volume scoring and not being terribly efficient, the kind of player who can find it hard to get big contracts in an evolving NBA. Then he tore his Achilles. Most players in that situation would have opted into the $14.3 million he was owed by the Kings next season then hit the open market in 2018.
Gay chose to get out of the “basketball hell” of Sacramento and take his chances on the open market. He has interest in going to Oklahoma City, but it’s not that simple reports Royce Young of ESPN.
I’m curious how much teams will offer Gay, and would it even get to eight digits? He could have a role as a scoring sixth man — ala Jamal Crawford/Lou Williams — but at his age coming off an Achilles he’s going to lose a step, especially at first.
He would be a good addition on OKC to add depth, but it’s almost always all about the money first with a new contract.