The Sacramento Kings are facing a lot of questions this offseason.
Starting point guard Isaiah Thomas, who as developed into a very productive and very good player, is set to become a restricted free agent and forward Rudy Gay can opt out of the final year of his deal.
One of those questions has now been answered.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Gay will be opting in to the final year of his deal, which is worth $19.3 million and the two sides will begin discussing an extension after July 1.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will exercise his $19.3 million contract option for the 2014-15 season, but has tabled extension talks until later this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The re-signing of Gay is a top priority for the Kings. Team management and Gay’s agent, Alex Saratsis of Octagon, are expected to re-engage discussions in the near future, sources said.
After July 1, the Kings and Gay will be able to negotiate a full four-year contract extension. Gay has been in constant contact with Kings management, and has been impressed with new owner Vivek Ranadive’s commitment to constructing a contender, sources said.
Should Gay not ink an extension, he will become an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-2015 season.
With Gay set to make that much money, that could mean Thomas’ days in Sacramento could be numbered.
Gay was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Kings back in December. On the season, he averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 45.5% from the field, 33.0% from beyond the arc and 82.2% from the free throw line last season.