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Rudy Gay said he would play for Nets

Feb 22, 2010, 9:16 AM EST

Chris Bosh has made it clear — the New Jersey Nets don’t need to inquire about his services this summer.

Rudy Gay on the other hand

“The record doesn’t mean much when you’re dealing with a team,” Gay said before scoring 29 points Sunday. “You’re thinking about yourself and how you can contribute, and that’s what other teams think.

“Wherever you feel like you’re wanted the most, that’s where you’re going to be.”

He just wants to be wanted, is that too much to ask?

The Nets have some nice pieces — Brook Lopez, Devin Harris, Chris Douglas Roberts. They have a new, rich owner coming in and will be moving to Brooklyn in a couple years. If someone is willing to be part of the rebuilding process, New Jersey would not be a bad place to sign.

Gay — the very athletic swingman — is going to be one of the more interesting free agents out there this summer. He is in the second tier of available players (after LeBron James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade) and likely somebody is going to overpay to get him. The Grizzlies then have the right to match, as Gay is a restricted free agent, but it is possible (even likely) the financially strapped franchise will have to let him walk because of the high price.

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