When the final buzzer sounds after Wednesday’s game between the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings, Rudy Gay will have a decision to make – exercise his player option or opt-out, making him a free agent.
Gay, for what it’s worth has suggested that he could see a future in Sacramento. But does such an effort to re-sign Gay begin this offseason or next?
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, it will be this offseason as he believes Gay will exercise his right to opt-out of his contract.
Rudy Gay has the option to hit free agency in July and I think he is going to use it… so what would it take to get him in Charlotte? — $50 million?
As for trading for him if he opts in… that is something else. I don’t think the Kings would trade Rudy if he opts in.
Of course, Gay opting-out of his contract has little to do with his desire to remain in Sacramento but rather business.
While the free agent market this offseason will be solid, it’s nothing in comparison to the 2015 offseason which will be ripe with multiple All-Star level players. Opting out only makes sense for Gay if he’s looking to cash in and secure himself a long term deal as he’ll be one of the more prized players available this offseason in comparison to next when he’ll be below a handful of other talents.