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Monday, November 2nd, 2009 at 11:30 am  |  30 responses

Rudy Gay Wants $50 Mil

There’s no beating around the bush from Rudy: “With Monday the deadline to sign a contract extension, Memphis forward Rudy Gay said it will take a deal of about $50 million over five years to get his signature. Monday at midnight ET is the deadline for Gay and other first-round picks from 2006 to sign extensions that would kick in for the 2010-11 season. If Gay and other eligible players don’t sign, they become restricted free agents next summer. Gay said his agent, Jeff Austin, told him Friday it’s “50-50” an extension will be reached by the deadline, and he planned to talk with him again late Sunday night. ‘If it’s not 50, if it’s more, I stand behind him,’ said Gay, speaking of Austin being able to negotiate a contract in excess of $50 million over five years. ‘I’m not going to turn it down.”’

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    so do I.

  • ENDS

    Me 3

  • http://www.acb.com Alan

    Hahaha, so hilarious this Gay dude…

  • SWIFTboy

    I’d settle for 49.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Hell, 1 million would be pretty good for me….

  • ENDS

    hell id sit on the bench and fly the states for 50 bux

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    He must have saw the contracts Bargnani and Varejao signed..

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    50 for what? 18 and 6 on 16 shots + no defense + no hustle? How many wings in the L could average that as option 1 or 2 in a team? I bet guys like Antoine Wright and Willie Green could give you that with a green light on a losing team. Wings like Gay and Al Thornton are a dime a dozen.

  • Clark

    I actually think he might be worth close to this, but I hope he doesn’t sign anything. He really deserves to not be in Memphis.

  • http://MADRAG@GMAIL.ORG trendz

    Headline should be: “Rudy Gay is smokin dope”

  • http://slamonline.com breeze

    yall dont think he worth the money…but varejo is or barganni please they better pay dude ….he has the most all around talent on that team ….!

  • dial up

    LOL what a joke. You can tell how dumb he is when he said he’ll take a deal for 50 mill, but if it’s more than that he’ll take that too. No wonder this guy has low bball iq, a horrible shot, plus horrible d. This guy deserves to be in memphis.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Ahaha its always amusing to see how presumptious some of these players are. Wanting massive contracts before they’ve even warranted it. I know there are some real shoddy GMs around but really only a few morons are gonna give Gay the contract he wants. Still, I’d probably give him that contract in a heartbeat over Varejaos 55mill or whatever it was.

  • K-Nasty

    I’m gonna go read the Memphis season preview again

  • Orlando Green

    @trendz : Ahahahahahahaha Love it!

  • http://jdsklf.com Jukai

    Did he forget Memphis also has OJ MAYO ON THEIR TEAM AND WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO DECIDE DOWN THE ROAD WHO TO KEEP AND WHO TO LET GO?
    Or is it that Gay knows exactly this and wants out. Hohum.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Klav

    i think that Donald Sterling would give Rudy $50 mil. lol

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    Bruno could convince him to bump that figure to 69

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Unlike Varejao, he has not proven that he can help teams in a winning environment and unlike Bargs he’s not a 7-footer with a deadly stroke.

  • underdog

    Well, I think this kid has a bright future, so if Memphis won’t pay him 50 mill, than somebody else will. And there are not much worse opportunity than Memphis, so…

  • Hum

    that’s gay

  • vic21

    There are some gays who might deserve that money but Rudy isn’t one of them. Probably Elton John does.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Look what you’ve done now, Andy.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Are you kidding Z? Rudy Gay can average 23+ ppg and probably 6+ rbg. You’ve got to be kidding me if you think Andy V’s contract is more justified than what Gay wants. And who exactly DOES hustle on Memphis? Its Memphis! If Gay was playing with LeBron James on a contender I’m pretty sure he would up his defensive effort and his hustle.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    1- Mayo hustles and plays D. And he’s the one that’s going to get the money. 2- What contender is dying to get gay (pun fully intended) ?

  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Poor bastard.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Z, a team that is deemed a contender usually has something called a franchise player(s), or at least main options. Rudy Gay is a main option. If a team needed a main option, it wouldn’t be called a contender now, would it?
    Now let me ask you: What bottom-seeded team wants to rebuild around Andersen Varejao?

  • knock knock

    LOL, first time i heard rudy is a first option, as he’s not even the first option on his own team. what bottom seed would want rudy gay as their first option?? (btw, memphis sucked every year he’s been there, and are looking at another 20 win season). You don’t go and hand out big contracts to the same players making you the 30th (or 28th) best team in the league.

  • NUPE

    I wonder what he’s been smoking to think he’s worth that kind of cash? He’s a good/solid player, far from great. Andy V.is not a good benchmark for him as they really serve two very differnt needs and Andy had a ton more leverage as a central part of a winning organization. Unless he does something ‘special’ this year, he’s looking at a lot of disapointment ahead.

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