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.