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Report: Rudy Gay to opt out of contract, become free agent

Rudy Gay
Ethan Sears
Written by Ethan Sears

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.

Gay’s marriage with Sacramento was an unhappy one — he reportedly requested a trade from the Kings last July, which never came to fruition in part because of a ruptured Achilles tendon. Gay played just 30 games this season, averaging 20 points and 6.8 rebounds per 36 minutes on 45.5 percent shooting from the field.

Though Kings GM Vlade Divac said in April that he’d like to bring Gay back, it’s tough to see that happening. The relationship between the two parties is likely too rough for that to happen.

The question then becomes what Gay’s market value is. He was set to make $14.3 million next season before opting out. As he enters his 30s, it’s tough to see him making more, at least over a long-term deal.

Gay’s style of play — dribble-heavy isolations often ending in midrange jumpers — doesn’t go over well with many teams who prefer a pace-and-space style of basketball. Gay shot a solid 37.2 percent from three last season, a career-high mark, but struggles on the defensive end may still be too ball-dominant for many teams.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.