The noise is only going to get louder as we approach the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 18. Once again, Rudy Gay’s name has been mentioned as a potential trade target, but he won’t be the only Sacramento Kings player that will need to have thick skin over the next few weeks.
Sources have confirmed to CSN California there is plenty of interest around the league for multiple players on the Kings roster, but the Kings have yet to set up shop as sellers. In fact, they would love to be buyers if the right deal walked in the door.
Gay’s name has been mentioned most often as a potential target, but the current rumors are no different than the ones that surfaced two weeks ago.
We continue to hear Gay is not on the block. That does of course come with a caveat. If Vlade Divac and the Kings brass believe they can make the team marketably better through trade, be it Gay or anyone else, they will listen.
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The veteran forward is averaging 18 points and 6.9 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game. The 29-year-old is under contract next season at $13.3 million and he has a player option for the following season at $14.2 million. Those numbers become decidedly more attractive this summer when the NBA salary cap jumps to $88 million.
CSN California has learned teams around the league have called to check on the availability of shooter Marco Belinelli. Belinelli, 29, signed a three-year, $19 million deal with the Kings in July, but he has struggled to find a rhythm in Sacramento. The Italian-born wing is averaging just 10.7 points per game while shooting a career-low 38.4 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from behind the arc.
Despite the rough start, Belinelli is a known commodity around the league and shooters come at a premium. His track record of success has teams willing to overlook his slow start, but according to a source, the offers coming in are less than flattering.
Don’t expect the Kings to make a move just to make a move. They have plenty of roster flexibility going forward and all but Rajon Rondo are under contract past this season. In addition, they currently sit just a half game out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings.