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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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Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is "determined to hold on to" Rudy Gay, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Despite Gay making it abundantly clear that he wants out and has no faith in the front office—we don't blame him for that stance—Ranadive isn't willing to give up on an attempt to retain him. Per Woj, Sacramento's owner believes Gay is a "vital talent," and he's told "associates that he believes he can change Gay's mind this year and persuade him to stay." It's hard to comprehend how Ranadive remains so far distanced from reality, and an argument could be made that this franchise has the most dysfunctional front office in the entire sport. Sep 24 - 3:29 PM

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The Kings privately acknowledge that trading away Rudy Gay is in the best interest of both parties, according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.

Gay has publicly criticized the dysfunctional Sacramento franchise, and it seems like only a matter of time until he's wearing a new uniform. That being said, the Kings are reportedly hopeful that Gay can put up career-high numbers in a contract year, thus upping his value on the open market, so it sounds like he'll at least begin the year in Sacramento. Unfortunately, because we don't know where Gay might wind up, he'll be a somewhat risky mid-round target on draft day.
Sep 21 - 9:54 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Rudy Gay has informed the Kings that he will decline his player option for 2017.

Gay is also unlikely to renegotiate a deal with Sacramento, so it's clear that he's ready to move on from the Kings. Woj adds that the Kings will have more pressure on them to move Gay sooner rather than later, as his value will decline the longer they wait. The Kings are still hoping to receive a "substantial package" in return and several teams are said to be interested, but there hasn't been much traction in talks. It also doesn't help that teams could view him simply as a one-year rental. A trade seems likely and it could hurt Gay's fantasy value, so he's shaping up to be a risky mid-round pick. Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi could have sneaky value if Gay leaves.
Sep 19 - 12:54 PM

The Kings reportedly aren't looking for a massive return should they opt to trade Rudy Gay.

This makes sense given that Gay is largely expected to opt out of his deal next year, thus deflating his value on the trade market a bit. Gay seems to be done with Sacramento, as he's openly criticized the franchise, so it would be far from surprising to see him wearing a different jersey at some point this upcoming season. However, we don't really know where he might wind up, and that uncertainty will make him a somewhat risky guy to spend a mid-round pick on.
Sep 1 - 3:51 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he didn’t want to play Rudy Gay at power forward a lot.

Gay saw a ton of minutes at the four last season with the Kings going small as they led the NBA in pace. There are also a ton of trade rumors surrounding Gay, so that might be the most-likely outcome here. The 30-year-old forward carries a little more risk in fantasy leagues than in previous years.
Aug 25 - 7:16 PM

Citing an "associate," Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald identifies the Heat as one of Rudy Gay's preferred landing spots should he be traded.

We're not putting a lot of stock into this for two reasons. The first: It's a very loose report without anything solid to work from. The second: Miami just doesn't have realistic assets to make a deal work. Gay's name should continue to be mentioned in trade rumors until he's ultimately moved, but it's unlikely at best that his next team is the Heat.
Aug 6 - 4:25 PM

Rudy Gay said that he will still be committed to the Kings if they don't trade him before the season starts.

"I've always been committed to the team; that's never been a problem with me," Gay said. "I've always been committed to the city, the team, [and] my teammates. I've never shutdown - I've never shutdown on my teammates. That'll never be a problem. I'm a professional, I've been professional." Gay recently met with GM Vlade Divac, and while he denied that he made a trade request, it still seems likely that he will be moved. For what it's worth, a trade would likely hurt his value.
Source: ABC10
Jul 29 - 10:12 AM

Rudy Gay has met with general manager Vlade Divac since his comments on Monday, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10.

Gay commented on the lack of communication from the Kings, so credit goes to Divac for reaching out and getting a meeting. The 29-year-old forward denied that he made a trade request, but his comments suggest he's going to be traded. He'll be a risky fantasy pick in the middle rounds.
Jul 28 - 9:27 PM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) had shock wave treatment on his heel this summer.

He said he had micro tears in his Achilles, but this procedure made him feel better than he has in at least two years. Gay is also under the microscope right now for openly talking about the Kings' lack of communication and consistency. He'll be 30 next month and chances are a trade would really hurt his fantasy value, so he's going to be a risky fantasy target.
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

Rudy Gay stated during a recent interview that he underwent a minor procedure to correct an ongoing issue he’s had with Achilles tendinitis.

Gay had been dealing with Achilles tendinitis for the past two years, but he said after the surgery that he's feeling the best he has in two years and that he's "excited" for next season. Gay also expressed a lot of frustration regarding the Sacramento franchise, saying that at this point in his career he wants to play for an organization that demonstrates consistency, and that the Kings don't have that "at all." Gay also denied that he's formally asked for a trade, but it seems likely he'll be wearing a different jersey next season, as he's clearly no longer happy playing in Sacramento.
Jul 26 - 3:04 PM

Rudy Gay is still on the trade block, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Kings have reportedly been receiving calls for Gay and it's starting to look like it would be a surprise to see him start the 2016-17 season with Sacramento. Gay's fantasy value is up in the air without knowing where he'll start the season, but he'd likely see a bit of a boost in value playing for a new team.
Jul 19 - 12:23 PM

Rudy Gay has not made a trade request, according to beat writer Sean Cunningham.

This directly contradicts a report from Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, but we're more inclined to side with Cunningham here. Although the Kings continue to shop Gay around the league, they're doing so on their own volition and not at the request of the veteran forward.
Jul 11 - 2:22 PM

The Kings have reportedly been fielding calls on Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos and Ben McLemore.

It's no secret that all these guys are on the trading block, and it wouldn't be surprising to see each player wearing a different jersey next season. Koufos and McLemore aren't likely to be impact players in standard fantasy leagues regardless of where they wind up, but Gay could potentially see a boost in value playing outside the chaos in Sacramento.
Jul 10 - 2:05 PM

According to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, Rudy Gay wants out of Sacramento.

He hasn't officially requested a trade, but we've heard countless reports over the last couple of months that the Kings have been shopping him. Gay has two years left on his deal, but he has a player option for the 2017-18 season and he will likely opt out to take advantage of the rising salary cap. He shouldn't be too hard to move, but the Kings have probably lost a lot of leverage in trade talks with all these rumors.
Jul 9 - 10:01 AM

The Pacers and Kings have had recent trade discussions involving Rudy Gay, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The deal could be for Monta Ellis or Rodney Stuckey. The Kings are signing a bunch of short-term deals and Rudy Gay could be coming off the books next season, assuming he doesn't exercise his player option. The Pacers are extremely active in the past month and appear to be going all-in for this season. Paul George has 91 starts at shooting guard earlier in his career, so maybe that's an option.
Jul 2 - 6:39 PM