Rudy Gay was once seen as a star for the Memphis Grizzlies, but they traded him, and his value has dropped since. When he was with Toronto, he shot the ball way more than he should have, and they decided that it was time to move on as well.
Now, it almost feels like Gay was exiled to Sacramento, but he has actually played really well, and his efficiency has been impressive. He has scored 21 points per game on 52% shooting for the Kings, compared to 19.4 points on 38% shooting when he was on the Raptors this season. His shot selection has been better, and he is also taking three less shots. The Kings have been smart with him, as his usage rate has dropped from 30.6 to 25.2.
So, are they ready to commit full time to Gay? Not quite. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Kings are not talking about an extension with him just yet. This makes sense for both sides, as Gay has a player option for next season. If the Kings were to lock in full time, then they are pulling their only flexibility they have left, and if Gay signs long term, then he is sacrificing his free agency.
We will see how this plays out, but it is likely going to be resolved in the off-season. Gay dropped a season-high 41 points against the Pelicans on Tuesday night.