Can Rudy Gay Help Kings Win

The seven-player trade sending Gay from the Toronto Raptors to Sacramento was completed Monday, a day after the teams reached an agreement. The Raptors received point guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also acquired center Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy.

Gay, Gray and Acy were not in uniform for the Kings against Dallas. They are expected to take physicals Tuesday, and the Kings are hoping they will be available against Utah on Wednesday night in Sacramento.

“Excited to say the least,” Gay told reporters in Sacramento before the Kings hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. “I have a couple guys with me that came with me. It’s a new beginning. I’ve been saying it all day. They have a lot of young pieces and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Gay is making $17.8 million this season. He holds a $19.3 million player option for the 2014-15 season, which he’s widely expected to exercise.

Sacramento entered Monday night with a 5-13 record, losing six straight until beating the NBA-worst Jazz on Saturday night. The Kings are hoping Gay can provide immediate help — and give fans a reason to keep showing up — while building around him and center DeMarcus Cousins, who received a four-year, $62 million extension before the season.

Gay, who was traded from Memphis to Toronto last season, is in his eighth NBA season. He’s averaging 18 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his career, but is shooting 38.8 percent this season, the lowest of his career.

Source: Associated Press

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