Chicago Bulls Rumors: Rudy Gay May Be Headed To The Bulls

Jacob Street

According to Yibada, the Chicago Bulls may be interested in making a mid-season deal for one of the best small forwards in the NBA.

The Chicago Bulls may pursue Sacramento kings forward Rudy Gay. Gay, who has moved teams a fair amount as of late, averaged 21.1 points per game for a struggling Kings team.

While most of the Kings speculation has been regarding center DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay seems like a more viable trade option.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports notes, "For now, the Kings are pursuing trade scenarios for everyone on the roster, including talented forward Rudy Gay, league sources told Yahoo Sports."

Wojnarowski added, "Sacramento officials believe it will be difficult to find a trade partner that can give the Kings the value it wants for Cousins – and has a better chance to find a deal for Gay, sources said."

The Chicago Bulls, who have no need for a big man, could be a potential suitor for the former 8th overall pick. Gay could possibly lift the Chicago Bulls from third place in the Eastern Conference, which they were last season, to a team that could compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot.

Rudy Gay's sizable contract could cause troubles for some teams, but not for the Chicago Bulls.

Yibada writes, "Gay, who is entitled to pocket roughly $12 million (with three more years left in his contract) this coming season, isn't going to be acquired that easily with the Kings bent on getting the best packages available. Still, the Bulls are one of few teams with talent pool deep enough to make an enticing trade offer."

The Chicago Bulls have extremely high hopes going into next season after making several offseason moves, including the hiring of Fred Hoiberg in place of Tom Thibodeau. Rudy Gay could help the Chicago Bulls make that final push necessary for winning titles.

Yibada notes that one particular trade scenario could work out very well.

"As approved by ESPN NBA trade machine, the Bulls can acquire Gay by sending power forward Taj Gibson and second-year sniper Doug McDermott to the Kings. The 30-year-old Gibson would give the Kings a legit starting power forward, while McDermott is ready to fill the slack at the wing position."

Of course, this deal is not a sure thing, but the Chicago Bulls will do whatever they can to rival the Cavaliers in the East and the Golden State Warriors or the San Antonio Spurs in the West.

Do you think the Chicago Bulls will make a transaction in order to acquire Rudy Gay? If not, what other moves do you see the Chicago Bulls making during the NBA season? Finally, how do you think the Chicago Bulls will fare this season?

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