When the Sacramento Kings met with Rudy Gay this offseason to discuss a potential contract extension, they were reportedly informed that he wanted to see how things would progress moving forward. That sentiment has recently been echoed yet again, this time by Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
Gay had the option of opting into his $19 million dollar player option this offseason and said he would have explored other opportunities elsewhere had he not. That was plenty enough reason for the Kings front office to encourage him to opt in, hoping that they’d be able to sell him on extending his deal down the road.
It’s something Rudy Gay seems very open to, though understandably wants to see the direction of the team before he signs long term.
“If I was going to opt out, I was definitely going to look at my options on different teams,” Gay said. “But with me opting in, I’m not saying no extension is going to happen. I’m just trying to see where we’re going as a team and how we plan on getting better.”
“I’m open to doing (an extension) as soon as the season starts,” Gay said. “I’m open to doing it whenever, but right now, I just really want to focus on getting better as a player and seeing the vision of the team going forward.”
Rudy Gay has stated he can see a future with the Sacramento Kings organization on more than one occasion, so an extension seems more an issue of when, rather than if.