The Sacramento Kings made quite a few trades this past season, and one of those was to acquire forward Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors. There have been many questions surrounding the plans that the Kings have for the future, but they apparently view Gay as a key piece long-term.
According to Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro, the team views Gay as a long-term fit with the team.
“I would say with Rudy, I’ve been talking to his agent since the day he arrived. We didn’t trade him to have him for a year, so we’re going to continue meeting with Rudy. One of the things we thought when we did the deal (to acquire) Rudy was it gives him a real chance to not just know our front office, but to know our community. I think he’s really impressed by the community in many ways – because our community really is impressive. He’s getting to know us from that level, so I think it’s really important. At the end of the day, this is a business. A decision needs to be made, and there’s a lot involved, but we’ve made no mistake about it with him, and he knows what our intent is with him.” – Pete D’Alessandro
Gay was not fitting with the Raptors earlier this season, and the trade ended up being a major win-win for both sides. The Kings believe Gay will be a big piece in turning their franchise around, while the pieces that the Raptors acquired helped them make the playoffs. It will be very interesting to see how both teams end up in a few years.
In 55 games with the Kings last season, Gay averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. His shooting numbers have gone up since leaving Toronto, all except for his three-point shooting percentages. Defensively he has maintained a high level, and he is a pleasant change of pace for what the Kings have had in recent history.
Overall, this isn’t very surprising news as most teams don’t make a trade for a player that is only expected to stick around for one year. Gay has a bright future in Sacramento if he continues with the same role that he had this season, and the Kings have to break out of their slump at some point in the near future. Expect to see Gay stick around with Sacramento for the long-term future.