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Boston Trying To Trade For Rudy Gay

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15: Rudy Gay #8 of Sacramento Kings looks on during the 2014 NBA Global Games match between the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings at MasterCard Center on October 15, 2014 in Beijing, China. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.   (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Prior to the start of the offseason, Danny Ainge promised that the Boston Celtics would be very aggressive in trying to sign players. So far, Ainge has kept his word. Due to the moves the team has made, the Celtics are one of the basketball expert picks to win the Eastern Conference.

While their draft wasn’t considered impressive because they failed to make any major moves on draft night, it is still too early to say if the draft was a success or not. However, Boston has been very aggressive in free agency.

The Celtics were able to sign Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks, which significantly improves the team because they have a legitimate big man that can score and defend. The team also tried to sign Kevin Durant, and brought in Patriots legend Tom Brady to help with the pitch, but they ultimately fell short.

Even without Durant, the Celtics have some good players on their team and they are reportedly trying to add some more depth by signing Rudy Gay.

Gay, whom the Sacramento Kings recently put on the trade block, is a veteran small forward that can provide the Celtics with another scoring option. After firing George Karl last season and hiring Dave Joerger as their new coach, the Kings are moving in another direction, and Gay isn’t in their plans.

Last season, Gay averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game, on a team that DeMarcus Cousins dominates. Even though Gay is entering his 12th season in the league, he is still 29 years old and has plenty of good years left.

According to the reports, the Celtics are more than interested in signing Gay because the team no longer has a reliable scorer on the wings.

While the addition of Gay will improve the team’s offense, the Celtics have to be careful not to overpay for him. One of the players the Kings might ask for in return is small forward Jae Crowder, who has developed into a solid player for the Celtics.

While Crowder hasn’t put up the type of stats that Gay has over his career, he averaged a career high 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game, and earned his first All-Star selection. At 26 years old, Crowder has not hit his prime yet, and will only get better.

If the Celtics can land Gay without giving up Crowder, the two men could complement each other on the court and allow the Celtics to use a smaller lineup and have the two players alternate.

With the addition of Horford, the Celtics can have another Big 3 in Boston. Horford is a four-time All-Star that can put up big numbers, Isaiah Thomas bounced around the league in his first few years but seems to have found a home in Boston, where he made his first All-Star appearance last year.

Crawford isn’t well established enough to be considered part of a Big 3, but if he improves on last season’s performance, he will be considered one of the Big 3 soon enough, but for now, Gaywould be the third member of the group assuming Boston can pry him from Sacramento without giving up too much.

 

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