Things have worked out pretty well for both Rudy Gay and the Raptors ever since the Sacramento Kings acquired the veteran forward via trade.
Prior to their first meeting last night since the blockbuster move, Toronto had gone 18-10, while Gay put up averages of 20.7 points on 53% shooting as a King.
After hitting rock-bottom in Toronto, at one point shooting a career-worst 38.8% from the field, Gay has found success in Sac-Tow. But he’s not ready to reveal his cards when it comes to potentially opting out and entering the free agent market this summer.
Rudy, 27, has a $19.3 million player option on the last year of his deal.
Q: How much are you listening to some of the negative noise that’s out there nowadays about your game?
A: Honestly, of course, at times you think about it. You hear things that make you want to prove people wrong. But at this point I know who I am. And luckily the people here [with the Kings] know who I am and what kind of player I can be for this team. That’s all that really matters. So I just try to tune it out and just play basketball. If I can go out there and do [that], that’s the best I can do.
Q: Which way are you leaning in terms of opting into your contract for next season or opting out?
A: I’m not sure. I have to go into the summer with my people, think about everything, weigh out the pros and cons. I don’t know yet. But Sacramento’s been great to me thus far. Obviously I’m trying to tune it all out right now. All I can think about right now is how great Sacramento’s been to me.
Free agency will become a factor a few months from now, but at the moment, the only answers Rudy is required to give are on the court.
Gay put up 24 points and had 10 rebounds in a satisfying 109-101 win against his former team Wednesday night.