Any trade rumor surrounding DeMarcus Cousins is going to take precedent, and for good reason, but both Nik Stauskas and Rudy Gay were mentioned in their own trade rumors over the last 24 hours.
Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported yesterday that Nik Stauskas "continues to be in trade talks" according to his sources.
Lost in Adrian Wojnarowski’s revealing column on the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors, Wojnarowski reported that "The Kings are pursuing trade scenarios for everyone on the roster, including talented forward Rudy Gay" according to his league source.
So, basically, everyone will be gone by next week.
In all seriousness, it’s impossible to say what is going on behind the scenes right now. I’d assume everyone is scrambling, trying to devise the best damage control strategy of all time.
Any Nik Stauskas rumor makes a lot of sense. The Kings need to add a veteran shooting guard to the roster. They have already been linked to Lou Williams, and Wesley Matthews this offseason. They’ve had interest in Arron Afflalo in the past. If the Kings bring in one of those veteran guards, we can safely assume someone would go out.
Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee previously reported that Kings Interim General Manager Mike Bratz wanted to draft Elfrid Payton over Nik Stauskas last year, so if the Kings aren’t high on Stauskas right now, or if they try to trade him this offseason, it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.
The Rudy Gay rumor is admittedly odd. The Kings have Gay on a fantastic contract considering his production.
Wojnarowski reported some context in regards to the Gay rumor. I can’t say that it makes any sense whatsoever, but here it is.
Gay signed a three-year, $40 million extension that starts with the 2015-16 season, a contract that has become even more palatable to teams with the sharp rise coming in the NBA salary cap. Gay has played well in his two-plus seasons with the Kings and remains a target of interest with multiple teams, front-office executives said.
Sacramento is motivated to find a way to create more salary-cap space with possible deals, something that the Kings will need to pursue Dallas Mavericks free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo, league sources said. The Kings and Rondo have a mutual interest, with Rondo intrigued with the idea of a potential one-year deal in Sacramento that could help to rebuild his league-wide value, sources said.
The Kings can pursue Rajon Rondo on a 1-year deal without dumping Rudy Gay’s contract. If they need extra cap space, they can use the stretch provision on Carl Landry, and that is just one of multiple ways the Kings can create cap room if they need it.
I don't question the Kings interest in Rajon Rondo. There could be some truth behind that, but the Kings ability to sign Rondo has nothing to do with Gay's contract. A big reason why the Kings have been linked to Rondo in the first place is because of his good relationship with Rudy Gay, so moving Gay to afford Rondo doesn't make sense on any level.
This could all be nothing, or something. The draft is just two days away. Expect more agent posturing and trade rumors until then.