The Sacramento Kings lie insist that they’re hanging on to Rudy Gay, but word on the street is that they’re discussing sending Gay along with teammate Darren Collison to Miami in exchange for Goran Dragic.

Gay, 30, is expected to opt out of his current deal and test free agency next summer.

Collison is set to serve an eight-game suspension:

“Sacramento has to trade Gay,” an Eastern Conference executive told Basketball Insiders. “He’s already informed them he doesn’t like it there. They can’t let him walk for nothing.”

 

Gay can become an unrestricted free agent after this season since he has a $14,263,566 player option for next season. With that in mind, sources indicated that the Kings are ideally looking for a starting-caliber point guard in any trade proposal involving Gay.

 

Dragic would fulfill Sacramento’s desire for a starting point guard. Including this season, Dragic has three guaranteed years remaining on his deal for a total of $51 million. He also has a $19.2 million player option for the 2019-20 season when he will be 33 years old. […] Collison, who is suspended for the first eight games of this season due to a domestic violence misdemeanor, would provide depth to a crowded Miami backcourt that features Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and newcomers Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington. At 29 years old, he is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.