Sources from Basketball Insiders say that the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings have discussed a potential trade that centers around Rudy Gay and Darren Collison for Goran Dragic.
This isn’t the first time that Rudy Gay has been linked to the Heat. And now, the Heat are in a much different position in the past, no longer a contender. A trade for Gay would shed the Heat of Dragic’s remaining three year contract because Gay can opt out of his deal this offseason. He is due $14 million next year, and will be 30, so he could seek more long term stability in a deal, even if it were with Miami.
This trade, along with the idea that Chris Bosh comes off the books, would allow the Heat to have over $60 million in room next off-season to lure in two max level players — with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry and Paul Millsap all potentially available.
Could’ve given Heat $60M+ in summer 2017 cap room with Bosh relief and Gay opt out – room for two max players.https://t.co/EYi2xtsULd— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertRandom1) October 18, 2016
However, the Heat gave up two first round draft picks for Goran Dragic, they likely will not trade him away for a one year rental of Rudy Gay. Ideally, the Heat will receive a first round pick in return for Dragic.
The Kings don’t have much leverage when it comes to Rudy Gay because everyone knows he’s going to opt-out in Sacramento. The Kings are simply trying to get something in return. Will the Goran Dragic be their best choice?
Is this the best move for the Heat?
Pat Riley will have some decisions regarding the future of the team very soon.