Report: Rudy Gay opts out of contract with Kings

Posted: 19/06/2017 in NBA, Sports
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Now that he has a choice in the matter, Rudy Gay appears well on his way out of “basketball hell.”

The 30-year-old small forward has declined his $14.3-million player option for next season with the Sacramento Kings to become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

The decision comes as no surprise, as his agent, Roger Montgomery, let the cat out of the bag last month.

Gay signed a three-year extension with the club in 2014 following a trade from the Toronto Raptors. He’s been vocal about his disenchantment with the franchise, saying he has “no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings” and that he doesn’t “even know who our new players are.”

Despite his bitter feelings toward the organization, he had to consider opting in, since he’s coming off a campaign that was cut short due to injury. After suiting up in just 30 games, he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon that sidelined him for the rest of the season.

Montgomery indicated last month that his client is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab and should return to the hardwood this month. They hope the update on the veteran swingman’s improving condition will boost his chances of fetching a handsome deal in the open market in what could very well be his last big pay day.

Gay put up 19.3 points, six rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 steals over nearly four years with the Kings, who failed to make the postseason over that span.

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