Rudy Gay has a decision to make.
He has until June 10 to make his decision on a $14.2 million option year for the 2017-18 season, NBC Sports California has learned.
The 30-year-old old forward made it very clear to the Kings during training camp that he intended to forego the final year of his three-year extension signed in November 2014 and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. But that all changed when the veteran forward popped his Achilles tendon in early January.
Gay is progressing nicely from surgery, but he will likely make his announcement closer to the deadline when he has a better idea of where his recovery is.
Both Dave Joerger and Vlade Divac were clear during their exit interviews with media last Thursday that they would love to have Gay back in Sacramento.
“He’s a terrific human being and he’s a good teammate, also by the way, he’s a pretty talented guy,” Joerger said.
“His personality that we talk about - who’s going to fit on this team, he’s exactly what we’re looking for,” Divac added.
Gay has played 223 games in a Kings uniform over the three-plus seasons, averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 34.5 minutes a night.
In their search for Scott Perry's replacement, the Kings have spoken with the former GM of the Orlando Magic.
Otis Smith, who served as the Magic GM from 2006 to 2012, reportedly met with the Kings about their recently-vacated VP of basketball operations job.
News of the meeting for was first reported by ESPN.
Perry left the Kings this month to become the GM of the Knicks.
Smith has ties to Northern California. As a player, Smith's rights were sold by the Nuggets to the Warriors in 1987. He played in 137 games over two seasons with the Warriors.
After his playing days were over, Smith joined the Warriors' front office as the executive director of basketball operations.
Currently, Smith is the director of player development and an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons.
Jimmer Fredette is reportedly going back to China.
Fredette agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks worth $1.8 million annually, according to David Pick.
Fredette has accrued five years of NBA service.
The minimum NBA salary for Fredette in 2017-18 would be...
The Kings selected Fredette with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
He averaged 7.6 points per game as a rookie and 7.2 points in Year 2.
Sacramento waived Fredette in February 2014.
Over 50 games with the Pelicans in 2014-15, he averaged 3.6 points per game and shot below 19 percent from deep.
He did not see any action against the Warriors in the opening round of the 2015 playoffs.
In China last year, Fredette averaged 37.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.
He scored 73 points on Feb. 19.