Rudy Gay is committed to the Kings for the 2014-15 season after exercising his player option worth $19.3 million. And while he says he likes the Kings’ direction thus far, he is no rush to think beyond next season. After watching the Kings beat the Charlotte Hornets 72-65 in a summer league game at Cox Pavilion, Gay spoke to the media for the first time since he decided to remain with the Kings. The Kings would like to sign Gay to a contract extension, and he has not dismissed that idea. “I don’t want to create a big fuss like it was before, but I’m taking my time,” Gay said. “I’m open to doing things, but I really want to see where the organization is going.” Gay could have become a free agent and still returned to Sacramento. Opting out and agreeing to a long-term deal with the Kings or another team could have provided more security. Barring an extension, Gay will be an unrestricted free agent after next season. Gay averaged 20.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 55 games with the Kings after arriving in a trade with Toronto. The Kings made Gay feel welcome after he had been traded for the second time in 2013. “If I was going to opt out, I was definitely going to look at my options on different teams,” Gay said. “But with me opting in, I’m not saying no extension is going to happen. I’m just trying to see where we’re going as a team and how we plan on getting better.” One change the Kings made was replacing Isaiah Thomas with Darren Collison at point guard. They also drafted guard Nik Stauskas and are exploring ways to add another frontcourt defender.
Gay weighs extending deal, wants to see how team develops
Sacramento Bee | Jul 15