May 24, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) looks on in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors: Kings to have interest in Lance Stephenson if Rudy Gay leaves?


The Sacramento Kings are currently in the midst of doing what they can to woo Rudy Gay into staying with the organization, but if he’s to leave, many around the league believe Sacramento’s backup plan could be Lance Stephenson.

The Indiana Pacers guard made waves for his antics during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat and LeBron James, leading speculation to suggest Stephenson’s once high valued price had significantly fallen.

A free agent to be, Grantland.com suggests Sacramento as potential home for Stephenson if Rudy Gay departs in free agency.

“Multiple executives from other teams have mentioned the Kings as a potential landing spot if Rudy Gay opts out of his contract,” says Zach Lowe. “But that doesn’t appear to be Gay’s plan. The Kings just spent a lottery pick on Ben McLemore, and Yahoo! has reported that they might have their eye on a bigger target — Kevin Love.”

The most interesting note may not be the fact that Sacramento will show interest in Stephenson, but that Gay’s plan doesn’t appear to be opting out.

Hard to tell if Lowe had some inside information there or if he’s just running with a general opinion.

Regardless, if Gay does decide to leave in free agency, Stephenson appears to be a possible option.

Tags: Lance Stephenson Rudy Gay Sacramento Kings

  • Nate Kenny

    I just don’t see him leaving Indiana. I mean if Larry Bird said he wants to keep him and Lance has already expressed that he wants to stay in Indiana, why would there be an argument for him to leave? Especially if the Pacers can get him for 8-9 million a year which it looks like they are going to get. The Pacers have already calculated their salary cap for next season and they have just enough room to fit Lance in with a new contract without going over the limit. I just don’t see how he leaves.