The Sacramento Kings is one of the pleasant surprises early in the season.
It is also proof that stints in Team USA have long term benefits for players.
The Kings’ duo of DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay (one of only two sets of teammates in that team) are now signed for the long term.
In the NBA nowadays, three years is “long term” already, and that’s just what Rudy Gay has reportedly agreed to.
According to Yahoo Sports, who first broke the news: “Rudy Gay has reached agreement on a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Gay has one year left on his current deal, which will pay him $19.3 million.
The extension begins with the 2015-16 season, and includes a player option for the the 2017-18 season, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The ability to exit the deal early gives Gay a chance to become a free agent in the summer of 2017, when he’ll be 31 and the market will be flush with the proceeds of the new $24 billion television package.” Gay was considered one of the best players in his class when he was drafted in 2006.
He became an All-star and was also selected to Team USA in the Fiba World Cup in both 2010 and 2014.
He was traded by the Memphis Grizzlies because of his steep contract and the team wanted to develop their defense-centric grit and grind style of play.
The former University of Connecticut standout was traded to the Toronto Raptors but he was eventually criticized for taking too many shots.
In such a quick turn, a star player suddenly became untradeable.
Until the Sacramento Kings, who were hungry for scoring options and eager to build an exciting team took a chance on him.
The gambit which was heavily criticized worked out well, and now the Kings have a respectable 6-4 record in the West.