Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings have verbally agreed on a 3-year, $40 million contract extension, Comcast SportsNet California has confirmed.
Gay, acquired by Sacramento last December from Toronto, increased his shooting by nearly 10 percentage points with the Kings last season going from 38.8 percent with the Raptors to shooting 48.2 percent from the floor with Sacramento.
The 28-year old forward is currently ninth in the NBA in scoring this season averaging 22.5 points per game and shooting 44.8 percent from the field.
Along with DeMarcus Cousins, Gay is another All-Star caliber player and pillar of Sacramento’s attempt to turn the franchise around after back-to-back 28 win seasons and a eight-year playoff drought.
Gay and Cousins were teammates on Team USA’s FIBA Gold Medal run this summer.
The former UConn Huskie exercised his player option to remain in Sacramento for this season at $19.3 million.
As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski with Yahoo! Sports, this new deal with Gay includes an opt-out clause before the 2017-18 season.
Gay, in his ninth NBA season, has a career average of 18.3 points per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor including 34.2 percent from 3-point range.