SACRAMENTO, CA. — The preface of this topic is that Rudy Gay did not have a surgery but received shock wave treatment on an ailing achilles tendon that has been bothersome and painful to Gay in the past two seasons, or more.
Prior to the treatment, Gay confirmed that he had underwent surgery to repair micro tears within the achilles. He has stated and told the media that he does feel better than he has in a very long while and is very excited to get the season started in 2016. Gay started 70 games for the Kings and never quite looked or played to his capacity.
The previous three seasons to last, Gay was averaging just over 20 points-per-game and wound up with approximately 3 points less per-game (17.3). He was not moving as comfortably last season opposed to any of his other years fully healthy and it was noticeable.
With the treatment and surgery before that, Gay is now in a spot to contribute a bit more and get back on track to his normal form. He currently is slated at the small forward position but there have been rumors swirling that the Kings may consider moving him. With how well Skal Labissiere did in the Summer League, there might be options of moving Gay down to the shooting guard position with Collison running the point.
Should that be the case, you could very well be looking at a starting five of; Collison (PG), Gay (SG), Labissiere (SF), Cauley-Stein (PF), and of course Cousins (C). There are obviously high expectations for this years first rounder, Malachi Richardson out of Syracuse but it may bode well for him to come in off the bench his first season if the Kings do in fact move Gay to shooting guard. Both Richardson and Matt Barnes coming in as subs could prove to be wise.
It might not be the most popular opinion but it seems very functional. I could see that lineup being very competitive next season under former Grizzlies head coach in his first year with the Kings. The Kings did very well in the draft and could be a force within the next couple years as long as they can hang on to the high priced talent that is currently there.
*Author’s note: Sources have confirmed recently that Rudy Gay is being shopped around the league but the door has not been closed by GM Vlade Divac for his return as well. Currently no move has been made and Gay is still a member of the Sacramento Kings.