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Report: Suns would have ‘serious interest’ in Rudy Gay if he becomes a free agent

Feb 8, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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Rudy Gay can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, should he choose to opt out of the final year of his contract which will pay him $19.3 million next season.

The majority of players like to sign for as many guaranteed years as possible as soon as the option is available, both to secure long-term financial stability as well as to protect themselves in case of injury.

Close to $20 million is a lot to leave on the table, however, and with Gay’s reputation as a high-volume, low-efficiency scorer, it may be difficult to secure anywhere close to those types of dollars in his next deal on a per-year basis.

If Gay does choose to opt out and pursue free agency, though, he’ll have plenty of teams interested in his services for the right price. And the Suns might be among those near the top of that list.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

The Sacramento Kings small forward has a player option for next season worth $19.3 million, and the Suns are expected to have serious interest if he decides to opt out. While second-year Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is clearly open to a star player of any kind, it’s believed that he would prefer it to be a perimeter player.

Phoenix was recently reported to have been in trade talks with the Lakers for Pau Gasol, but his currently-injured status has those talks tabled for now. While the Suns would like to add talent before the Feb. 20 trade deadline to improve a team that surprisingly finds itself in the playoff picture out West, Gasol is a free agent this summer, so there’s really no need to give up an asset for nothing more than a half-season rental.

Gay has played much better with the Kings, largely shooting at a higher percentage while not being expected to carry the entire offense, which heavily features DeMarcus Cousins. The Suns are trying to put together a squad with multiple consistent scoring threats, which would theoretically mean that Gay could similarly thrive in Jeff Hornacek’s system.

Goran Dragic has played at an All-Star level, and many believe Eric Bledsoe can do the same — though he’s been sidelined with an injury and his status, like Gay’s, is very much up in the air for next season. The Suns will have plenty of options when it comes to adding star-level talent to the roster, but Gay’s name is one to keep an eye on — if not this season, then certainly this summer if he chooses to enter free agency.

  1. imthedudedude - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Seems like a good fit too. Wouldn’t be mad at that move at all.

  2. bruiserbrigade - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Not a tough decision for Rudy in choosing to play for Phoenix over nutty Sac. We’re a winning team with a lot of pieces we can trade to get better. See you in Phoenix!

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Nutty sac. hehe

  3. sportsnut101 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Dude stay in sac town for 1 more yr u collect the 20 mill
    U are in the highest taxed state so might as well make more of it
    Unless he thinks he can make 4 yr deal at 15 per in dallas lets say that would be good fit for him and dallas

  4. knoxxlive - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    See him in Phoenix? Like other teams and key factors aren’t in to play

  5. canadatude - Feb 9, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    He is a black hole when it comes to ball movement. Bad idea for Pheonix.

  6. bellerophon30 - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    He’s nuts if he opts out of that contract option. Add to that the fact that he’s not a star player, so he’s not worth star money. I’m not saying he’s a mid-level exception kind of guy, but someone with Rudy’s particular skill-set and ability shouldn’t be making eight figures a year.

  7. sirpennywise - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    The Kings are 10-11 when DMC, Gay & IT are all healthy and playing. Given his turn around in Sac it wouldn’t be surprising to see him take the money and try to better his stats and the Kings and then look for a bigger payday. As a Kings fan you have to wonder what the fallout would be if he did help them to the playoffs next year and then decided to leave, how would DMC deal with that loss?

  8. bjswoosh805 - Feb 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Suns already has Gerald Green whos only getting better and fits well this squad. A low post threat would be more of an appropriate addition imo.

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