Rudy Gay's decision would seem to be one of the easiest of any player who has an option or early termination clause. In no way, shape or form is Gay worth the $19.3 million he can earn next season, but there's always the chance that Gay opts for a long-term deal or decides the money isn't his top priority.
Here's Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com on Gay's stance:
“What does my gut tell me?” Gay says of the looming decision and possibly decisions, plural. “I don’t know. My gut tells me different things every day.”
And the money. Of course the money. No way he walks away from $19.3 million, right? He’s staying in the deal and will be a King at least next season, right?
“I don’t think about that at all,” he says. “I love this game. I don’t play it for money. Obviously it’s a very big plus that we make a lot to play this game, but I think it’s more important to be happy.”
It would be shocking to see Gay leave so much money on the table, especially since the market for his services can't be all that great. General managers have seen that Gay's former teams have really taken off without him (Memphis two years ago, Toronto this year), and although he's played better in Sacramento, there are questions as to whether he can be a part of a championship team.
Whether he opts out of his deal or not, the Kings are the heavy favorite to have Gay next season. He's played pretty well in his time there, and Sacramento may have a hard time attracting premium free agents anyway, particularly since it won't have much cap space for at least the next two years.