Nov 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay (22) brings the ball up court during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Photo: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Written by: Sam Amick, USA Today Sports
LOS ANGELES - The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send small forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a seven-player deal, a person with knowledge of the trade confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.
While the Kings are expected to receive Gay, center Aaron Gray, and small forward Quincy Acy, the Raptors made a major move to clear up their salary cap situation by landing small forward John Salmons, point guard Greivis Vasquez, power forward Patrick Patterson and power forward Chuck Hayes. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.
Gay, who was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to Toronto last season, is owed $17.8 million this season and has a player option worth $19.3 million for next season. With Gray is in the last year of his deal ($2.6 million), as well as Acy ($788,872), new Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has clearly decided to clear his financial decks and rebuild the Raptors roster after his team's 6-12 start. Among the Raptors-to-be, only Hayes' ($5.9 million in 2014-15) and Salmons' contracts beyond this season. Only $1 million of Salmons' salary for next season ($7 million) is guaranteed.
The Kings, meanwhile, are under new ownership that is clearly eager to speed up its own rebuilding effort. Sacramento traded for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams last week and now will add Gay, an eight-year veteran who is averaging 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds this season. The Kings, who gave center DeMarcus Cousins a four-year, $62 million extension leading into the season, are 5-13.
Yahoo Sports first reported the trade.
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