Apr 6, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) dribbles past Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Calderon (8) in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Mavericks defeated the Kings 93-91. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2014: Is Rudy Gay an Acceptable Plan B For 76ers?

 

Winless for Wiggins.

That was the story-line for the 76ers all season. Before the season even started. And now, here we are, just a couple of weeks from finding out if the Sixers will even have a shot at picking Wiggins.

If the Sixers don’t get that scoring wing player, can they settle for Rudy Gay? Actually, Wiggins has drawn comparisons to Gay for the similar body build and ability to score just about anywhere on the court. Rudy Gay does have a player option for 2014-2015. However, Gay should realize that he is at a standstill for his career. Does he want to opt out and test the free agency market, or keep playing with the Kings? That’s up to Gay, but let’s assume he’s opting out.

Gay has proven to be a scorer who is not all that efficient. Gay averaged 20.0 points per game this season on 46 percent from the floor and 30 percent from deep. Gay also averaged 6.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He ended this past season at .483 percent eFG , which is not all that good, although we can break it down. With the trade to the Kings, he actually shot much better at .508 percent eFG from the floor. His PER was 19.6 with the Kings. For the season, he ended with a PER of 18.3, the best of his career. It would seem that the trade to the Kings did him some good for his stat line. Rudy Gay looked like a totally different player in Sacramento, an efficient one at that, something Rudy Gay was never known for in his career. He can always get buckets, but how many shots will it take?

So, again, if the Sixers can’t get their prized wing, I think Gay is something to look into. Sure, there’s been talk that big names probably won’t sign here. Gay is a big name, even if he’s on the lowly Kings. Besides, with him joining forces with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, not to mention whoever the Sixers do indeed grab with that first pick, we could see a solid team led by the veteran Gay. His veteran presence should be a huge positive on a team with so much youth. Plus, Thad Young would probably like someone with experience like Rudy Gay.

Downside? If Gay’s entire season was spent with the Kings, and he continued to have the numbers he did when he went to the Kings, this past season would be a career best in many ways. Are the Sixers willing to cough up the dough? Because it seems likely that Gay will be looking for the cash, although recent comments from him has him preferring to not have to move around so much. In the past two seasons, he went from Memphis, to Toronto, to Sacramento. He wants a home and may take less to get there.

So, would you want to go after Rudy Gay?

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