NBA Trade Rumors: Rudy Gay a Good Fit for Houston Rockets?

By Kenny Ragwell, Posted: 09/22/16 05:00AM EDT
Rudy Gay
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With Rudy Gay possibly leaving the Sacramento Kings when he becomes a free agent next summer, NBA insiders speculated that major title contenders will likely vie for his services. Among the teams that could really maximize Gay's immense basketball talent is the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have named Mike D'Antoni as the team's head coach last June. D'Antoni espouses an uptempo style of play that is anchored on blitzing offense, requiring his players to score in "seven seconds or less" in every possession.

NBA observer Michael Saenz speculated that Gay will be a perfect fit to D'Antoni's system. The 6-foot-8 small forward has the qualities to play a small-ball power forward for D'Antoni.

Adding Gay to the Rockets' lineup is a brilliant move should they trade for Gay. "He could fit in Mike D'Antoni's up-and-down scheme," Saenz noted. "Perhaps he could find a role as a small-ball power forward, something that he's played some during his career in the NBA. His measurables are actually ideal for that position."

To acquire Gay, Rockets will probably let go of Corey Brewer and K.J. McDaniels, a deal that actually works under the NBA trade rules according to ESPN Trade Machine. Brewer's point production has steadily dropped in the last couple of years. Last season, he averaged 7.2 points per game, with a career overall average of 9.8 points per outing.

The Trade tool analysis sees the Rockets improve their wins by two points. The same analysis shows that the Sacramento Kings will see their win margin dip by five points but will save them $2 million if the trade materializes.

Another benefit for the Kings is that they acquire McDaniels, a project player with a huge potential for growth and can be developed to a future asset of the team. Observers concurred that Rockets seeking and acquiring Gay wouldn't be a surprising move. 

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