The Sacramento Kings made one thing clear to Rudy Gay this offseason – they want him to be part of their future. They offered a contract extension, but if he didn’t want to accept it, Vivek Ranadive and Pete D’Alessandro informed him to opt-in to his $19 million dollar player option and the two sides would continue to work out any remaining kinks in a prospective deal.
There hasn’t been any public speculation on the numbers for a potential Gay contract extension, but according to David Aldridge of NBA.com, there’s a ‘good chance’ Rudy Gay will sign such a deal before the end of the upcoming season.
“When Gay came back to Sacramento last month to talk about whether he’d opt in or not, he was met by dozens of fans, all of the Kings’ top brass and visited California Governor Jerry Brown,” said Aldridge. “It made an impression. There’s a good chance Gay will agree to that extension before the end of the year.”
Jeff Austin, Rudy Gay’s agent couldn’t help but praise Randive and the rest of the Kings franchise, hinting his client wants to make Sacramento his future home.
“I think they’re on the right track,” Austin said. “The question is how long is it going to take them? It’s part skill, part luck. It’s never easy. But they seem to be very committed and very smart … Rudy’s not looking to be a guy who just jumps around from franchise to franchise. He’d like to settle in and be successful, and he’s hopeful Sacramento is a place he can do that.”
The Kings took a hit financially to keep Rudy Gay on the roster thanks to his $19 million dollar player option for the upcoming season, but it seems as if the front office and ownership see it as a small price to pay for the long haul.