SACRAMENTO -- The rumor mill is churning and it’s once again landed on Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay. Gay politely told the team that he wouldn’t mind finding a new place to play following last season. He reiterated his desire to leave right before training camp started, yet still he wears Kings purple and black.
Rumors broke Tuesday morning of a possible swap being discussed that would send Gay, along with point guard Darren Collison to the Miami Heat in exchange for guard Goran Dragic.
Before he could slip out the door, Gay was asked about the latest gossip around the league regarding his future in Sacramento.
“I’m in the same place I was earlier in the day, I’m in Sacramento,” Gay answered when asked about where he was at with the rumors.
“It is what it is, man, it’s the NBA, it happens,” Gay added. “Rumors are going to happen and you’ve just got to go out there and play basketball.”
When asked whether or not he was ready to start the upcoming season with the Kings, Gay laughed and said, “As far as I know.”
Gay is in Year Two of a three-year extension he signed in November of 2014. He will make $13.3 million this year, but his $14.3 million salary next season comes with a player option that he has already informed the Kings he will opt out of.
Collison is in the final year of a three-year, $15 million deal he signed in the summer of 2014. He is scheduled to miss the first eight games of the season due to league suspension, but he is scheduled to become the Kings starting point guard once he returns.
The Heat are in rebuild mode, signing young players to long extensions over the summer. They have already said goodbye to franchise stalwart Dwyane Wade and they have refused to medically clear All-Star big man Chris Bosh.
Dragic, 30, averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists in 72 games last season for the Heat. He’s in Year Two of a five-year, $86 million deal and he’s still owed an estimated $70 million, including a $19.2 million player option for the 2019-20 season.