Per a report by Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Toronto Raptors have traded Rudy Gay, one of their leading scorers, to the Sacramento Kings as part of a multi-player deal. Sacramento is sending John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson to Toronto in exchange for Gay. The Raptors are sending Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to Sacramento to complete the deal.
According to reports, Gay had grown unhappy with the Raptors, making the move easier for both sides. Gay, 27, is averaging 19.4 points and a career-high 7.4 rebounds per game this season, but is only shooting .388 from the field despite taking 18.6 shot attempts. The 6’8″ small forward signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Grizzlies before being traded to Toronto last season.
Gay can become a free agent next season if he chooses to opt out of the final year of his contract that will pay him $19.3 million for the 2014-2015 season. Chances are he’ll stay in Sacramento as it’s doubtful he’ll land a contract that high on the open market.
Sacramento has been aggressively attempting to improve their roster and surround DeMarcus Cousins with talent. Although they traded for Vasquez over the summer, third-year point guard Isaiah Thomas has played well enough to earn a starting role and makes Vasquez expendable.
Gay was drafted eighth overall by the Grizzlies in 2006. He has averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in eight seasons.
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