Rudy Gay headed for surgery Monday to repair ruptured Achilles

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will be out the rest of the season and needs surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

An MRI Thursday confirmed Gay had suffered an Achilles injury during Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

Gay has been a consistent scoring threat for Sacramento the past three seasons. The 10-year veteran averaged 18.7 points, 2.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game this year before his injury.

This injury will force the Kings to utilize a smaller lineup for most of the rest of the way and will mean more of Matt Barnes at the three spot. It also means far less production at the small forward position and puts a strain on the team’s already suspect defense.

A player who has been connected to trade rumors it seems every year, Gay is now headed towards a long and painful recovery following surgery. At the age of 30, it’s not a given he’ll ever return to the top of his game, as Achilles injuries can greatly affect one’s ability to make explosive moves, either laterally or vertically.

At this point, it’s likely Gay’s recovery time will extend into the start of next season.