Rudy Gay has blatantly professed his dissatisfaction with the Sacramento Kings, and he wants to be moved from the franchise as quickly as possible.
He arrived in Sacramento in December of 2013 after being traded from the Toronto Raptors. In the beginning, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses, but Gay was happy under head coach Michael Malone.
were are nothing short of dysfunctional, but Gay’s production was similar to what it was with the Memphis Grizzlies.
In 2014-15, the 6’8 swingman put up career-highs in points per game (21.1), assists per game (3.7), and was the perfect 1B to DeMarcus Cousins. However, Malone was fired after starting the season 11-13–his replacements, Ty Corbin and George Karl, combined to win 18 of their final 58 games, but that’s neither here nor there.
Fortunately for Gay, the Kings have been dangling him on the trade block for quite some time, and he’s attempted to expedite the process by declining his $14.26 million player option for 2017-18.
In an interview with ESPN, Gay couldn’t help but lament his frustrations with the organization:
I wake up every day and get ready to play the next game. I’m with the Sacramento Kings. I prepare as if I’m going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings. All the speculation is B.S. Really, it’s out of my control. I’ll come here and be with my teammates and act as if I’ll be here all year.
I hear it. I’ve been traded before. If I came here as if I didn’t want to be here, I wouldn’t help my teammates. That’s a league thing. That’s not just me. That’s something you don’t want a reputation for.
On the heels of the rumors, Dave Joerger, the Kings newest head coach, called Gay a “wonderful person,” and cited how much he likes it in Sacramento.
The love fest is likely over, as the former UConn Husky has explicitly stated that he wouldn’t mind being traded from the team, and he’s even sat down with the front office to discuss the franchise’s dysfunction.
Not only is Gay dissatisfied with how the back end of the team is run, he’s now totally disinterested in the roster and hasn’t “paid attention” to who’s been added during the offseason.
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