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Rudy Gay says he wants to see how Kings develop, then will consider re-signing

Jul 14, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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How the Sacramento Kings have handled their off-season — especially letting Isaiah Thomas go to Phoenix at a reasonable salary and replacing him with the lesser Darren Collison — has confused people around the league. It’s hard to see the big picture vision.

Rudy Gay is going to stick around and see what that vision looks like, he opted into the final year of his contract and will make $19.3 million being the outside to DeMarcus Cousin’s inside for Sacramento. But that also makes him an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Whether he sticks around long term with the Kings will depend on what he sees going forward, he told the Sacramento Bee.

“I don’t want to create a big fuss like it was before, but I’m taking my time,” Gay said. “I’m open to doing things, but I really want to see where the organization is going…

“If I was going to opt out, I was definitely going to look at my options on different teams,” Gay said. “But with me opting in, I’m not saying no extension is going to happen. I’m just trying to see where we’re going as a team and how we plan on getting better.”

They are still trying to fit all the pieces together in Sacramento, to see how best the puzzle pieces they have can mesh and trying to add others (they drafted Nik Stauskas to give them shooting Ben McLemore has not yet, and the Kings have scoured the market for an affordable rim protecting four to play next to Cousins but came up empty so far).

Part of fitting it all together for Kings’ coach Mike Malone is using Gay in a variety of ways depending on the matchups.

“I think that’s the luxury you have in a guy like Rudy Gay,” Malone said. “Two, three four, he can play a lot of different positions. He can post up, he can play pick-and-roll, he can isolate and he’s a guy that has a high basketball IQ. He’s going into the season knowing he has to be a willing playmaker.”

Gay had by far his most efficient stretch of basketball ever with the Kings last season (20.1 points a game with a true shooting percentage of .567), turning heads of people around the league who viewed him as a volume shooter. The Kings need him to continue that trend, but the catch is if he does there will be far more suitors for his services next summer and the price to keep him (and difficulty of it) goes up.

  1. cbking05 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Sounds like the straight way to look at it

  2. spyder9669 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Isaiah Thomas had those exact same numbers last year. And he just signed a deal worth $7 mill a year. We all no why Rudy opted in. He ain’t gettin $19 mill or anywhere close to it.

    • patfic5 - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Why the article simply doesn’t acknowledge that as the main reason he stayed (and stop there) is ridiculous.

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Spot on.

  3. thomaskouns - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I might look at it another way. Given Rudy’s shooting%, defense & the fact every team trades him – if I were the Kings I might want to see how Rudy ‘develops’.

    Players who are in demand around the NBA don’t opt-in to their current contracts.

    • rrhoe - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Good point,he and Amar’e Stoudemire will never see contracts like that no more……

  4. ravenswhat - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Rudy, you are not that good. Just stop bro.

  5. rrhoe - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    I have a feeling all that efficiency coincides with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy not being the first option.

  6. jman2020 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Kobe needs ur help rudy

  7. 4thquartermagic - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    $19.3 million reasons why he wanted to “see how Kings developed”

  8. elcapitan1019 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    It’s amazing how Toronto talked the Kings into trading for him. They got three useful pieces for that albatross of a contract. But then, it’s the Kings, who drafted Thomas Robinson, Jimmer Fredette (when the Warriors got Klay Thompson with the very next pick. You could hear the whoops in the Warriors war room). Now, they draft Stauskas, the new Fredette.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      I’m going to do this again. Klay has a career per of 13.9 and 14.4 last year when the league average is 15 per. He also shot 43% last year and 40% from the 3. The league average is 37% from 3 so that means that for every 100 3’s taken klay will make 3 more shots than the league average. Still don’t get the hype for this guy and it’s been written that he wants a max deal when his expires. smh

  9. elcapitan1019 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    It’s amazing how Toronto talked the Kings into trading for him. They got three useful pieces for that albatross of a contract. But then, it’s the Kings, who drafted Thomas Robinson, Jimmer Fredette (when the Warriors got Klay Thompson with the very next pick. You could hear the whoops in the Warriors war room). Now, they draft Stauskas, the new Fredette.

  10. lenbias34pt - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Funny how 80 % of NBA fans know Rudy simply isn’t that good. Kinda a poor man’s Melo; talented scorer, but when he goes to a team that team loses……..and the team he leaves does better.

    Some clown GM will twist his mind into believing Rudy will change his way and pay him 10’s of Millions.
    Who ever that GM is, will lose his job 1 or 2 years later…..and we will all feel smarter.

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