NBA Trade Rumors: Rudy Gay To Rockets, Trevor Ariza To Kings

Adrian Lawhorn

Free agency may be all but over, but NBA trade rumors are still taking center stage this off-season. The Sacramento Kings have reportedly been trying to deal Rudy Gay all summer, and a new team has entered the fray as a potential suitor.

According to Sportsrageous, the Houston Rockets are involved in discussions with the Kings regarding a possible trade for small forward Rudy Gay. Reports indicate that Houston may be willing to send a package of players and picks to Sacramento, with wing player Trevor Ariza headlining the rumored offers.

Rudy Gay and Trevor Ariza are very similar in size and play the same position, but their games are quite different. Rudy Gay is a very good scorer, especially inside the three-point arc where he can use his deadly mid-range offensive skills. On the other hand, Trevor Ariza is an outstanding defensive player and solid three-point shooter. It could be argued that while Gay and Ariza have different skill sets, their overall value as NBA players is comparable.


Despite putting up good numbers in Sacramento, Rudy Gay hasn't fit in well with the Kings since joining the team in 2013. Gay has had problems with team management during his tenure there and has not gelled with his teammates for the most part. The Kings see him as a good player with value in the trade market, who doesn't happen to be a good fit for their franchise.

Now that Mike D'Antoni is the head coach, Houston will be a team built around fast-paced offense, as described by the Sporting News. Rudy Gay is clearly a better fit than Ariza in that type of system since Gay is the superior scorer and offensive talent. It is not hard to understand why the Rockets are interested in Rudy Gay to help them usher out the Dwight Howard Era.

One intangible area where Ariza would be of great value, however, would be in terms of what he adds to team chemistry -- something that was a big problem for Sacramento in 2015-16. Trevor Ariza is known as a "glue guy" who has a proclivity for making things flow for his team on and off the court. The Kings badly need more players who are unselfish and make those around them better.

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