Rudy Gay SF SAC 6 Days
Rudy Gay hit 8-of-14 shots and four 3-pointers for 24 points, six rebounds, two steals and a block in Saturday's loss to the Wolves.
He played great despite the return of DeMarcus Cousins (suspended) and has been killing it over his last five. He's averaging 27.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over that stretch, and the recent slump that was so frustrating is officially a historical event.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 7 Days
Rudy Gay scored 32 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one trey while hitting all nine of his free throws in the Kings' 126-122 loss to the Lakers on Friday.
This game had no defense but the efficiency is nothing new for Gay, who to our knowledge has yet to be addressed by the good folks at the SLOAN conference currently underway. He's getting the ball in good spots and the only time he has slipped in Sacramento is when he has been at less than 100 percent or DeMarcus Cousins has been out. Expecting that to change is a blind guess that ignores everything we've seen on the court to date.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 12 Days
Rudy Gay scored 32 points during Sunday's 109-95 win over the Nuggets with 11 boards, three assists, three steals, one block and one turnover on 12-of-23 from the field.
He's had some better games with DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup and tonight was his latest one. Although, Gay does have a ridiculous 33.3 usage rate when Cousins is not on the floor this season. Gay continues to thrive in transition and in isolation with his new team and looks like he's be a top-40 guy the rest of the way.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 13 Days
Rudy Gay scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds and two assists in the Kings' 105-98 win over the Celtics on Saturday.
The Kings had a rough stretch in which Gay was not at 100 percent and DeMarcus Cousins was out or hurt, leading to Gay and Isaiah Thomas being the only two players that belonged on a court for the Kings. Gay's efficiency took a hit during that span and it's totally understandable given the fact they were playing 2-on-5 much of the time. With Cousins slowly getting back to health, look for Gay's role to move back toward what it was right after the trade.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 16 Days
Rudy Gay hit just 6-of-21 shots for 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.
We were hoping for better results with DeMarcus Cousins out of the lineup with a hip injury, but Gay's cold streak continued. He hasn't looked quite right since suffering an Achilles injury a few weeks ago and after going on an impressive romp after being traded to the Kings, he's struggling again, just like he was in Toronto. Over his last four, he's hitting just 32 percent of his shots and averaging 13.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 0.5 3-pointers. He could get hot again at any time, but owners who sold high during his hot run after the trade are smiling right now.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 24 Days
Rudy Gay hit just 4-of-12 shots for 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's loss.
The shooting stunk, but at least he nearly double-doubled tonight. Gay has been in a bit of a funk since DeMarcus Cousins returned from his ankle injury, and has scored 14 or fewer points in three of his last four games. Gay is also coming off an illness and was also slowed down by an Achilles injury in January, but we think he'll get the ship righted in the near future.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 26 Days
Rudy Gay (illness) returned from a one-game absence on Sunday with just five points on 2-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes, as the Kings fell to the Wizards 84-93.
Gay was clearly lagging tonight but this shouldn't have lasting implications. He has turned his season around after being traded from Toronto, and over the past two months he's been a top-20 fantasy option in both eight-cat and nine-cat leagues. He's been most effective in scoring (20.8 points), percentages (52.5 percent FGs, 85.1 percent FTs), steals (1.4) and blocks (0.7), but his advanced statistics may be even more impressive -- he's recording career-highs in PER, True Shooting, Free Throw Rate, Assist Percentage, Offensive Rating and Win Shares. Keep in mind that Gay is just 27 years old.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 27 Days
Rudy Gay (illness) will return to the lineup against the Wizards on Sunday.
He was out of the lineup on Friday due to an illness and did not practice on Saturday. Gay has been a pleasant surprise with the Kings due to some terrific efficiency, which has not exactly been his calling card before the trade. His return to the lineup means owners of Derrick Williams might want to look elsewhere. Of course, Rudy's owners will obviously want to activate him.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 27 Days
Rudy Gay has the option to opt out of the final year of his contract at the end of the season, and if that were to happen, the Suns would be very interested in signing him.
The Suns would reportedly be very interested in signing Rudy Gay should he opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. However, his contract will pay him 19.3 million which is likely a much larger payday than he can expect to receive on his next deal, so it's unclear as to whether Gay would indeed choose to opt out. Nothing is imminent here, but we just thought we'd pass along this information.