UNHAPPY with the direction of the Sacramento Kings, Rudy Gay reportedly said that he plans to use his 2017 player option to become an unrestricted free agent and has no intention of re-signing a new deal with the team.
In a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, sources said this latest development might force the franchise to trade the 30-year old veteran.
Sources said Sacramento have been in talks with several teams regarding Gay, although an acceptable deal for all parties has yet to push through, citing the possibility that Gay might opt to leave in just one year if he refuses to re-sign with them before the February trade deadline.
The 6-8 small forward is set to make $13.3 million this season and holds a $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season.
The Yahoo report also said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive believes he can convince Gay to continue playing alongside All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. A proven scorer, Gay has averaged 18.4 points in 10 seasons in the NBA.
Despite a losing 2015-16 season, Gay posted decent averages of 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds. Sources said his decision to leave is also influenced by the Kings’ inability to foster a winning environment and a lack of stability due to repeated changes in front office executives, coaches and players.
Sacramento acquired via trade Gay in 2013 and signed him to a three-year, $40 million contract extension – with the player option for 2017-18.