The Sacramento Kings’ management has made a strong push to convince potential free agent Rudy Gay to stay with the team long-term. Sacramento’s pitches to Gay have included a meeting with Hall of Famers Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, as well as a digital tour of the Kings’ new arena set to open in 2016.
Now, it appears Sacramento’s decision makers are getting a little assistance in the recruiting process from its talented center, DeMarcus Cousins.
From Sean Cunningham of News 10:
“I have reached out to Rudy, and we’ve talked and he knows that I want him back,” Cousins said. “I need him on this ride and at the end of the day, it’s a decision he has to make for him and his family. We can only hope for the best and if he goes another way, I’ll wish him the best, but hopefully he’s in a Sacramento Kings uniform next season.”
While the two didn’t lead the Kings near the postseason in 2013-14, they both played the best basketball of their careers while alongside each other.
Cousins emerged as one of the top centers in the NBA this past season, averaging 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds, while Gay’s 20.12 point per game average and 48.2 shooting percentage in his 55 games with Sacramento, would both rank as single-season career highs for him.
Gay has until June 30 to opt-in to the final year of his current contract with the Kings ($19.2) million or become an unrestricted free-agent.