Report: Rudy Gay will exercise option with Kings

Report: Rudy Gay will exercise option with Kings
June 22, 2014, 11:30 am
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In 55 games with the Kings last season, Rudy Gay averaged 20.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 48% from the field. (USATI)

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Rudy Gay is getting paid on a massive, old CBA contract that is set to bring him $19.3 million next season. He could opt out and get the security of more years, but he was going to take a steep pay cut per year no matter where he inked a new deal.

So Gay has decided to opt-in and stay in Sacramento — where he suddenly played the most efficient basketball of his career — and collect those massive pay checks.


The Kings want to bring Gay back — they loved how he meshed with DeMarcus Cousins in coach Mike Malone’s system — and if they wait until after July 1 they can talk about a four-year extension, reports Wojnarowski. It will be for less than his current salary, but four years and better than $50 million at least (maybe more like $60 million) is a given. (If his efficiency numbers regress to the mean that number could fall.)

Gay averaged 20.1 points a game for the Kings, just a couple points above his career average. However, what was stunning was the sudden improvement in his efficiency — he went from a well below average true shooting percentage of 46.8 percent in Toronto to 56.7 percent with the Kings. His PER jumped from 14.7 to 19.6.

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