NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Details on Rudy Gay Trade Buzz; Thunder, Pacers Rockets Interested
Adrian Wojnarowski provided the latest update on Rudy Gay trade situation and the teams that are already lining up for the service of the veteran forward.
During a podcast session with Bobby Marks of the Vertical of Yahoo Sports, Wojnarowski had an insider's report on Gay's situation with the Kings. Woj confirmed the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets have expressed interest in trading for Gay.
In his previous report, Woj mentioned the Thunder and the Kings were close to hammering a deal involving Gay, but negotiation fell through because point guard Cameron Payne suffered a major foot injury in October. He believes the two clubs could revive trade talks at some point during the season, especially if Payne gets medically cleared.
The Pacers, who are desperately looking for a reliable stretch-four, have legit interest in Gay and they are reportedly using shooting guard Monta Ellis as their trade chip. The Rockets are also in the mix, but they are just monitoring situation at this time.
The chance of Wojnarowki being traded before the midseason trade deadline in February is high, since the forward has already informed the Kings that he will opt out from his contract next summer.
Woj via Hoops Rumors:
"Wojnarowski suggested that the Kings are "going to have to move" Gay before the 2017 deadline, comparing the situation to Ryan Anderson's in New Orleans a year ago. Anderson made it clear that he wouldn't be re-signing with the Pelicans, but the team kept him anyway, and ultimately lost him for nothing - Sacramento can't afford to do the same thing with Gay, in Wojnarowski's view.
The 30-year old Gay is averaging 18.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting with 6.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 33.5 minutes per game.