Sacramento Kings Keep Rudy Gay on 3-Year Deal
The Sacramento Kings have gotten off to a solid start to the 2014-15 NBA season and are hoping to take the next step toward becoming a legit playoff contender in the tough Western Conference. Keeping small forward Rudy Gay is clearly part of the plan in trying to do that.
Off to a blazing start with a career high 22.5 points per game, Rudy Gay officially has agreed to terms on a new three-year contract extension. The move solidifies the three spot on both ends of the court for the Kings, and gives them a second cornerstone piece, along with big man DeMarcus Cousins, to continue to build around in Sac-town.
Entering a contract year, Gay was scheduled to hit the open market this summer as an unrestricted free agent. With big money and potentially better situations awaiting him in free agency, the Kings wanted to make sure now that Gay wouldn’t have the option of leaving.
With the three-year deal, Gay will stick in Sacramento for at least the next few years and will be compensated fairly (roughly $40 million) to do so.
The best part, of course, is that Gay isn’t merely an aesthetically pleasing signing. More than just stats or a big name, Gay helps make the offense flow fluidly and also brings a defensive edge. That’s exactly the kind of player the Kings are trying to get more of, as they’ve stepped up their game on defense and have slowly morphed into a more formidable opponent on the road.
Gay was already showing well in just one half of a season with the Kings last year, after being traded to the team in a deal with the Toronto Raptors. Gay reached 20 points per game with the Kings last year, doing so for just the second time in his career.
While Gay and the Kings were rumored to be in negotiations stemming back from the summer, his elite play to start the year likely only accelerated his latest deal.
With Gay in tow, the Kings know they’ll have a complete and balanced starting five, and their chief concern going forward will simply be getting better and more consistent.
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