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Rudy Gay | Forward | #8

Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/17/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 230
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (8) / HOU
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Rudy Gay (Achilles) plans to opt out of his contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, according to his agent Roger Montgomery.
Gay is still in recovery from his ruptured left Achilles tendon, but he's reportedly "ahead of schedule" as he's been medically cleared to begin weightlifting, and he's hopeful to get back to the court by mid-June. Gay could have opted in for $14.3 million, so it's pretty surprising to see him willing to forgo that guaranteed salary in order to test the market, considering he's coming off a very serious injury. His willingness to potentially leave money on the table is a pretty good indication that he hasn't exactly been thrilled with his experience in Sacramento thus far. May 8 - 3:10 PM
Source: ESPN

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Kings GM Vlade Divac said he would like to have Rudy Gay back with the Kings next season.

"[Gay's] personality, when we talk about who’s going to fit on this team, he’s exactly what we’re looking for," Divac said. Gay, who ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on Jan. 18, has a $14.3 million player option for the 2017-18 season. Although it's a devastating injury, Wesley Matthews was able to secure a four-year, $70 million contract from the Mavs coming off a similar injury in 2015 and plenty of teams will have cap space this summer. Thus, Gay will have an interesting decision to make this offseason.
Apr 14 - 11:09 AM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) said he has not yet decided if he will opt out of his contract this offseason.

The 30-year-old is currently rehabbing from a reputed left Achilles, and there's really no way he would be able to command a $14-million-plus salary on the open market, so it would be shocking to see him opt out this summer. While we have recently seen guys like Kobe Bryant, Brandon Jennings and Wesley Matthews return from Achilles tears, those guys really weren't the same players when they got back, so Gay will make for a risky pick in next year's drafts.
Apr 12 - 10:36 AM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) is out of his walking boot and said he's in the second stage of his rehab.

He is doing some weight-bearing exercise and is doing some squats on his surgically-repaired Achilles. Gay continues to say he's ahead of schedule and is expecting to be ready to start the season. All this said, he's probably supposed to say this as he prepares for an important decision regarding his player option. Once he's ready to play, he will have several limitations on his playing time, so he's only shaping up to be a late-round pick next year.
Mar 25 - 2:58 PM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.

This is the second report we've heard that Gay will be ready to go for next season after undergoing successful surgery on his ruptured left Achilles’ tendon back in January. He told the Kings prior to the season that he would decline his $14.2 million player option, so it will be interesting to see if the injury will change his stance. Gay averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.9 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.4 triples on 45.5 percent shooting, but he will be 31 years old this summer and is shaping up to be a risky pick.
Mar 9 - 9:37 AM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) expects to be ready for training camp prior to the start of the 2017-18 season after undergoing successful surgery on his ruptured left Achilles’ tendon.

"The surgery was successful, and there are no complications or unexpected findings," Dr. Martin O’Malley, who performed the surgery, said in a statement. "It is anticipated that he will be able to participate in training camp and be ready to play at the start of next season." The interesting question now becomes whether or not Gay chooses to exercise his player option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It was widely assumed he would choose that option prior to this serious injury, but circumstances have obviously changed.
Jan 28 - 9:54 AM

Rudy Gay will undergo surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon on Monday.

Gay has already been ruled out for the season. The Kings have lost five straight games and are in danger of falling out of the playoff hunt, and they will have to rely on Garrett Temple and Matt Barnes to fill the void left by Gay. He was expected to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, so it will be interesting to see if this injury changes his plans. We won't have a timetable until Monday afternoon at the earliest.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 22 - 12:36 PM

Rudy Gay suffered a full rupture of the left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

He is going to have surgery in the coming days. This is a brutal blow for the Kings, who were in the mix to fight for the eighth seed. It's just as bad for Gay and now he may not opt out of his $14.2 million player option for next season at age 30. For the rest of the season, the Kings may look to Garrett Temple, Anthony Tolliver and Matt Barnes to step up. The last stint Gay missed, it was Temple turning in the best value.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 19 - 5:35 PM

Preliminary tests indicated Rudy Gay has suffered a torn left Achilles.

He'll have an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury, which is likely to end his season. Gay had micro tearing in his left Achilles dating back to 2014 and received shockwave treatment before. He's heading into a contract year and the timing is just terrible for the 30-year-old forward. The Kings will have to count on Garrett Temple, Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver. Temple is worth a pickup in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 19 - 12:48 AM

Rudy Gay (leg) was carried off the court in the third quarter on Wednesday.

It did not look good. He was driving along the baseline and his leg gave out on the play. Gay couldn't put any weight on his left leg and the Kings had four people carry him off the court. Considering how the Kings have been careful with him, he's likely to miss time here. Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple could all gain value.
Jan 19 - 12:22 AM

The Thunder have reportedly been turned off by Rudy Gay joining the Roc Nation Sports agency.

This is the same agency that represents Kevin Durant, and according to Sam Amick of USA Today, OKC management partly blames the Roc Nation agency for the departure of Durant. Amick speculates that a trade sending Gay to Miami in some sort of Goran Dragic package is more likely, although Pat Riley may prefer to wait for Gay to hit free agency rather than unload assets to grab him for half a season now. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would be a decent landing spot, but this is all speculation at the moment.
Jan 18 - 2:04 PM

Rudy Gay scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Sunday against the Thunder.

This was his second consecutive double-double and his fourth of the season. He continues to have a nice January, averaging 35.4 minutes, 19.4 points, seven rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. There is no reason to think he will slow down any time soon.
Jan 16 - 12:16 AM

Rudy Gay scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

After all the time off due to a hip injury, Gay has turned it up over his last four. In that span, he averaged 18.8 points, 6.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.8 treys. He should feast the rest of the way while he's on the Kings roster, but the trade rumors and rest will be a pain for his owners.
Jan 14 - 1:50 AM

Rudy Gay scored 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Pistons.

He managed to play 38 minutes despite picking up five fouls, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer. The Kings are 9th in the West with a 16-22 record and the Blazers are 8th with a 17-23 record, so the Kings may be tempted to hold onto Gay past the trade deadline because it's no secret that they're desperate to get into the postseason.
Jan 11 - 1:43 AM

In his second game back from a hip injury, Rudy Gay dropped 23 points in 35 minutes vs. the Warriors, making 9-of-17 shots with two 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Gay is averaging 28.0 points since returning and the hip injury should be in the rearview, although the Kings did list him as 'probable' on the injury report tonight. The veteran is a staple of trade rumors and there's a good chance that he'll finish the season with another team, but in the meantime he's cruising along with mid-round value on a per-game basis.
Jan 9 - 12:53 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Darren Collison
2Ty Lawson
3Langston Galloway
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Buddy Hield
3Garrett Temple
4Ben McLemore
5Malachi Richardson
SF1Rudy Gay
2Tyreke Evans
PF1Kosta Koufos
2Anthony Tolliver
3Skal Labissiere
C1Willie Cauley-Stein
2Georgios Papagiannis