The Sacramento Kings finally potentially solved their woes at the small forward position on Sunday night, swinging a blockbuster deal for Toronto Raptors wing, Rudy Gay.
While not the most efficient player in the world, Gay was viewed as a potential superstar when drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies, while he’s proven to be a versatile impact player with the ability to carry his team’s offense with top-level scoring.
More importantly, Gay fills a huge small forward hole for the Kings, who recently swung a trade for Derrick Williams, who is better suited at the four than the three spot.
Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy join Gay in the deal, while the Raptors acquired point guard Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Chucks Hayes and Patrick Patterson in the deal. Toronto unloads what they deem to be an inefficient star with a huge contract, and receives solid depth in return – some of which comes off the books next season.
Sacramento, on the other hand, lands a new starting small forward with major upside, while also giving themselves an excuse to start Isaiah Thomas and possibly even get Jimmer Fredette more minutes at the point.
Overall, this is a huge move for the Kings in terms of completing their starting lineup, although it’s also one that could easily blow up in their faces.