Mar 29, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright (34) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Gay leads his team with 30 points. The Mavericks defeated the Kings 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings say they didn't bring in Rudy Gay for just one season

When the Sacramento Kings acquired Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors, they didn’t do it with the intention of the the former UConn star being a multi-month rental.

General manager Pete D’Alessandro knew that Gay had the option of being a free agent at the conclusion of this season and understands it’s something he may exercise, but he’s been in contact with Gay’s agent since the trade was completed according to Katie Cracchiolo and he didn’t bring him in to let him walk away.

“Our fans know – I think we’ve been very clear about how we feel about their level of talent. I would say with Rudy, I’ve been talking to his agent since the day he arrived. We didn’t trade him to have him for a year, so we’re going to continue meeting with Rudy.”

Gay stands to cash in either this offseason or next, though will likely be competing with players like LeBron James and Kevin Love during the 2015 offseason if he opts-in on his $19 million dollar player option.

Many believe Gay will opt-out (understandable), but doing so doesn’t mean his tenure in Sacramento is over by any stretch.

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