Coming into the 2014 offseason, Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay had a decision. He could either opt-out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent or he could opt-in and be paid handsomely to remain in California’s capital.
It apparently wasn’t a difficult decision for Gay who exercised his player option and will be paid $19 million dollars in the final year of his contract. There has already been talk of a potential extension with the Kings and Rudy Gay himself has stated he sees a future in Sacramento, though understandably wants to see the direction of the franchise before he commits long term.
One franchise Gay won’t be playing for in the near future however are the Washington Wizards.
A native of the Maryland area, there were whispers suggesting the former UConn talent would like to return his hometown but the small forward informed For The Win that’s unlikely to happen.
The Maryland native, who may be testing the free agency waters next season, said in an interview with For The Win there was no way he was leaving Sacramento for the nation’s capital.
“I’d have way too many ticket requests,” he said. “I’d have to have like 100 tickets a night …”
There’s also been no solid evidence to suggest the Wizards would even be interested in Gay as they appear to have their sights set on another Maryland native, Kevin Durant, though he doesn’t become a free agent until the 2016 offseason.
Rudy Gay and the Wizards weren’t likely much of a match to begin but his recent comments appear to have ended any potential speculation.