The Toronto Raptors traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings earlier this season, fearing he would opt-in to his $19 million dollar player option for next season.
The belief was that Gay, who was not playing well, would not leave the guaranteed money on the table. But ever since the former UConn product joined the Kings, Gay has been playing fantastic basketball leading many to believe he will opt-out of his contract in hopes of securing a large, multiyear contract.
Gay, for what it’s worth, says he hasn’t decided yet.
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.
Opting out doesn’t necessarily mean Gay wants to leave Sacramento, where he’s obviously enjoying life, just that he’s looking for a long term deal. Of course, opting out also gives the Kings free reign to move on in free agency if they so incline.