Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reported Tuesday that the Miami Heat are discussing a trade that would send point guard Goran Dragic to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forward Rudy Gay and point guard Darren Collison.
Gay has made no secret of his desire to leave Sacramento. He has already said publicly that he plans to opt-out of the final year of his deal for the 2017-18 season that will pay him better than $14 million. According to Scotto, an unnamed Eastern Conference executive said, “Sacramento has to trade Gay…They can’t let him walk for nothing.”
The Heat have undergone a huge transformation this summer with Dwyane Wade having left for Chicago and Chris Bosh still unable to play due to blood clots. Miami figures to be in need of scoring on the wing, an area in which Gay is capable of helping. He has averaged 18.4 points per game over the course of his 10-year career.
Should he remain in Sacramento, Collison figures to step into the Kings’ current starting point guard slot with the departure of Rajon Rondo over the summer. He quietly enjoyed a solid season last year while serving primarily as Rondo’s backup, contributing 14 points and 4.3 assists on better than 40 percent shooting from three-point range in 74 games. However, Collison is suspended for the first eight games of the regular season due to a domestic violence incident that occurred during the offseason.
Adding Dragic would fill the Kings’ longtime hole at point guard. He’s slated to enter the second season of a five-year deal he signed with the Heat before last season that will pay him nearly $90 million.
In his first full season in Miami, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. The deal would seemingly give the Kings a better chance of being competitive in the immediate future. Sacramento hasn’t qualified for the postseason since the 2005-06 season, which is the longest ongoing playoff drought in the NBA.