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Report: Kings to use digital arena, Hall Of Famers in pitch to Rudy Gay
- Updated: June 6, 2014
The Sacramento Kings acquired forward Rudy Gay on December 9, 2013 in a seven-player trade with the Toronto Raptors, and now they’re fighting to keep him. Gay, who has an opt-out clause in his contract, will reportedly meet with the Kings next week, as they look to convince him to opt-in according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
During their meeting next week, the Kings plan to use a digital presentation of their new arena, and will bring Hall Of Famers with them to help try to convince Gay.
Gay has to decide by June 30 whether to exercise a contract option that will pay him $19.3 million next season. Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, a former Kings star, are expected to join Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone when they meet with Gay.
The Kings also will have Gay wear a headset with eyewear that will give him a complete virtual digital tour of the inside of the new Kings arena, including the locker room and arena floor. The new Kings arena is expected to open in September 2016.
While the Hall Of Famers will certainly have room to speak in terms of experience, and a new arena is definitely nice, Gay would more than likely want a chance of winning a championship than extra incentives. Gay averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in the 55 games he played with the Kings next season.
Kings hope to use Hall of Famers & digital tour of new arena to help convince Rudy Gay to stay at a meeting Tuesday. http://t.co/fyXm93orYa
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 7, 2014
The Kings also hold the eighth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, which is more incentive for Gay to stay, if they can pick the right player.
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