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Gay noncommittal on Kings future

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07:25 AM ET 02.07 | Earlier this week, Rudy Gay took on his old team, which hosted the Raptors, but he's thrived in Sacramento. At season's end, Gay must decide whether to play out the last year of his contract at $19.3 million or opt for free agency in July. Q: Which way are you leaning in terms of opting into your contract for next season or opting out? A: I'm not sure. I have to go into the summer with my people, think about everything, weigh out the pros and cons. I don't know yet. But Sacramento's been great to me thus far. Obviously I'm trying to tune it all out right now. All I can think about right now is how great Sacramento's been to me. Q: How hard has it been to watch Toronto kind of take off without you? A: It's not [hard]. I love those guys.

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February 7, 2014  07:43 AM ET

19.3 Million for this second rate scorer?

February 7, 2014  08:02 AM ET

He may be "second rate" and $19 million is a bit much.....but I'd take a 21 ppg SF who's shooting 53% from the field and has a 22 PER every time!!!

February 7, 2014  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He may be "second rate" and $19 million is a bit much.....but I'd take a 21 ppg SF who's shooting 53% from the field and has a 22 PER every time!!!

He wasn't playing that well in Toronto. I am glad he has adjusted his game taking less bad jumpers in Sacramento. He is averaging those numbers since he has been with the Kings. He is taking 4 less shots per game but is averaging more points per game so that says everything.

Concerning his contract I think he will play it out with the Kings. He will be lucky to get something in the 4 yr 48-50 million this summer or if he waits next year. Options remain with the Kings another year or see what he can get from Lakers, Dallas, possibly Atl, Charlotte

February 7, 2014  09:21 AM ET

Go to the clippers bro!!

February 7, 2014  09:42 AM ET

There's no doubt he'll opt out. It makes sense from a money perspective.

February 7, 2014  09:46 AM ET

Stay In Cow Town, Bro.

February 7, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

19.3 Million for this second rate scorer?

Turning against one of your prodigal sons? How unbiblical.

February 7, 2014  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He wasn't playing that well in Toronto. I am glad he has adjusted his game taking less bad jumpers in Sacramento. He is averaging those numbers since he has been with the Kings. He is taking 4 less shots per game but is averaging more points per game so that says everything. Concerning his contract I think he will play it out with the Kings. He will be lucky to get something in the 4 yr 48-50 million this summer or if he waits next year. Options remain with the Kings another year or see what he can get from Lakers, Dallas, possibly Atl, Charlotte

He should check out those teams after the season is over. If they don't commit to him and don't give him what's fair then he shouldn't opt out.

February 7, 2014  11:52 AM ET

I watched every game of his in Toronto and he was a bum. I realize he's playing better in Sacramento and there's no way he's turning down 19 million. No team will pay this guy 19 million to play on the open market. He's gotten hot in sac town but he never played this well with Memphis or Toronto.

February 7, 2014  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He should check out those teams after the season is over. If they don't commit to him and don't give him what's fair then he shouldn't opt out.

Rudy is probably at the top of the list of tier 2 possible free agents this year, depending on what you want. Rudy, Deng, Granger will be in similar positions. The only way Gay turns down this money if he thinks he can get more money or better team this year. Iggy turned down the extra year with Denver to sign with GSW. It all depends if he thinks he will be an all star type player next year. So essentially he would be walking away from 7 million at most if he opts out

February 7, 2014  12:37 PM ET

"Gay noncommittal on Kings future..."

I question the use of this header.

February 7, 2014  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

There's no doubt he'll opt out. It makes sense from a money perspective.

It all depends on how you look at it. He can guarentee more years of money opting out now but he stands to lose money next year as no one is giving he a max deal. Realistically he is probably going to get like a 12-14 mill/yr deal. So think of it like gambling on himself, if you think you will maintain same level of production and not be injured you will command the same salary probably by next year you don't opt out. If you go conservative or like another team you take a loss in salary. Also a loss in every state isn't the same money wise.

February 7, 2014  01:13 PM ET

i get opting out of a big year for several years at a lower annual rate with idea that it's more total money. but turning down 19 mil? i would think he would need at mininum 3/30 in order to make it worth opting out. if i'm a gm i don't give rudy gay 3 yrs 30 mil, that's for sure.

February 7, 2014  01:40 PM ET

opt out and go play for the lakers

February 7, 2014  02:13 PM ET

He has been on a good team twice and sucked mightily. Now on a sucky team, trying harder to fit into the offense he looks better...or is it he is trying harder to get a bigger pay when opting out.

February 7, 2014  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

i get opting out of a big year for several years at a lower annual rate with idea that it's more total money. but turning down 19 mil? i would think he would need at mininum 3/30 in order to make it worth opting out. if i'm a gm i don't give rudy gay 3 yrs 30 mil, that's for sure.

It is not turning down 19 Million. It would be like turning down whatever he thinks he can get next year. I think his ceiling is like 12-13 million/yr if he signs , after next year maybe his ceiling is 10 million year or 12 million again depending on health, play, production. There are some bad teams that could spend there are some good teams with cap space

 
February 7, 2014  04:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

It all depends on how you look at it. He can guarentee more years of money opting out now but he stands to lose money next year as no one is giving he a max deal. Realistically he is probably going to get like a 12-14 mill/yr deal. So think of it like gambling on himself, if you think you will maintain same level of production and not be injured you will command the same salary probably by next year you don't opt out. If you go conservative or like another team you take a loss in salary. Also a loss in every state isn't the same money wise.

He deserves to make at least 15mil per year. He's that good. If a team can offer him that for four years he will definitely opt out. In sports there's nothing better than guaranteed money. By the way did Knicks get a new coach yet?

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