Sacramento King’s Rudy Gay will be suiting up for OKC Thunder if one gives credence to NBA Rumors 2016.
Rumors of a trade for the Sacramento Kings small forward persist. According to NBA Rumors 2016, Oklahoma City Thunder is still interested in getting Gay.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reveals the Kings has seriously negotiated with Oklahoma City in a deal for Rudy Gay and point guard Cameron Payne. The talks were stalled when Payne suffered a foot injury in September, he adds.
Thunder Needs Another Veteran Player
Although Kevin Durant left OKC to join Golden State Warriors, the OKC still has Russell Westbrook to carry the load, according to HNGN. Westbrook averages almost a triple double with 31.8 points, 10.6 assists, and 9.5 rebounds.
Aside from Westbrook, teammates guard Victor Oladipo and center Steven Adams have made solid performances this season. Oladipo contributes an average of 16.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. Meanwhile, Adams averages 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
The OKC has an 8-7 win-loss record and ranks 6th in the Western Conference.
Even so, Thunder needs another veteran player to support Westbrook, Oladipo and Adams on offense.
The OKC has shown interest in acquiring Gay, according to iSports. He is the 8th overall pick in 2006 NBA Draft.
Getting Gay Benefits Thunder
But Houston Rockets traded him and another player to Memphis Grizzlies for Shane Battier. In 2013, the Grizzlies trade him to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors trade him again to Sacramento Kings.
HNGN opines that getting Gay would benefit the OKC team. The team can compete with other teams in trading baskets.
This season, Gay is averaging 20.5 points. He can also distract the defenders of opposing teams and allow Westbrook and others to score.
Over his 10 seasons with NBA, Gay averages 18.4 ppg (.452 FG%, .344 3pt%, .793 FT%), 5.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg and 35.7 mpg. He is an all-time Grizzlies franchise leader in steals at 640.
He is also one of four NBA players to achieve at least 6,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, 500 steals and 250 blocks over the last five seasons. The three other players are Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Josh Smith.