Rudy Gay is waiting to decide whether to sign an extension with the Sacramento Kings, according to a report from The Sacramento Bee.
The forward, an unrestricted free agent next summer, wants to see the direction the team is headed first.
Gay could have become a free agent this offseason, but instead chose to opt into the final year of his deal, worth $19.3 million.
After arriving in Sacramento last season via a trade from Toronto, Gay averaged 20.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game on 48.2 percent shooting. Gay, Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins were the only trio of teammates in the NBA to each average 20 points per game last year.
But Thomas is gone, having signed a four-year, $27 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. The Kings brought in point guard Darren Collison to replace him and drafted Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas to provide a shooting threat on the wing. Sacramento also features last year's first-round pick, Ben McLemore.
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From the Bee's report:
"I don’t want to create a big fuss like it was before, but I’m taking my time. I’m open to doing things, but I really want to see where the organization is going... I’m open to doing [an extension] as soon as the season starts. I’m open to doing it whenever, but right now, I just really want to focus on getting better as a player and seeing the vision of the team going forward."
In eight NBA seasons, Gay has averaged 18.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
- Alex Hampl