Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has emerged as one of the most established NBA veterans available via trade, according to league sources.
The Chicago Bulls, sources said, are among the teams that engaged with the Kings in exploratory discussions on Gay before the Bulls’ big moves this week to sign Chicago native Dwyane Wade away from the Miami Heat as well as former All-Star guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo’s two-year, $28 million contract is guaranteed for only $3 million in Year 2, meaning Chicago could save $11 million if the Bulls elect to end the partnership after just one season.
Gay has spent the bulk of the past two seasons in Sacramento after the Kings acquired him in a deal with Toronto in December 2014.
The 29-year-old, who won a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup in Spain in the summer of 2014, averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 70 games for the Kings last season.