The organizational dysfunction inside the Sacramento Kings apparently knows no bounds. They have an enigmatic owner surrounded by yes-men who nod obsequiously when he comes up with hair-brained ideas like playing 4-on-5, an endlessly-rotating coaching staff, and a perpetually-disgruntled superstar who’s supposed to be the franchise cornerstone but who may or may not also be perpetually on the trading block.
So is it any wonder that Rudy Gay wants out?
Marc Stein of ESPN.com confirmed that news and offered some context on potential destinations for the veteran forward, too.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings are actively seeking to move Gay as well as big man Kosta Koufos and guard Ben McLemore.
The Chicago Bulls, sources said, are among the teams that have engaged the Kings on exploratory discussions on Gay before the Bulls’ big moves this week to sign Chicago native Dwyane Wade away from the Miami Heat as well as former All-Star guard Rajon Rondo.
After being relentlessly maligned for his inefficiency during his stints with the Grizzlies and Raptors, Gay certainly rehabilitated his reputation during his time with the Kings, to an extent. A deal with Chicago would reunite him with Rondo, who ran the point for the Kings last summer, but the Bulls already have enough questions as it is in terms of how Rondo, Jimmy Butler and Wade will mesh together on the court.
Nevertheless, Gay could potentially make a good sixth-man-type scoring option off the bench.