Report: Thunder Remains Interested In Rudy Gay
It seems like the Thunder has been in the spotlight a lot as of late, and the conversation around the team only heightened on Thursday when ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that OKC remains interested in trading for Kings' forward Rudy Gay.
The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported in back in October that the Thunder and Kings were in advanced talks to trade Gay to OKC in a deal involving second-year point guard Cameron Payne, but discussions simmered whenever Payne broke his foot in September. Lowe's report, that can be seen here, says OKC remains interested in another lengthy player on the perimeter.
They remain interested in bigger wings, including Rudy Gay, sources say, in part because such a player would slide everyone down to their intended spots: Oladipo to the bench, and Andre Roberson back to defending shooting guards."
Lowe went on to write that the Thunder "might have enough to make a run at a Gay-level player," when Payne gets healthy.
These types of rumors shouldn't be surprising simply because OKC has a glaring hole at the small forward position with Kevin Durant's departure this past summer, and the Thunder has lacked a consistent scoring punch from the outside. I wrote back in July that Gay could be the best option in replacing Durant, and Gay has done nothing but improve his stock by averaging 21.3 points per game this season on 47-percent shooting.
The Thunder's offensive rating of 103 currently ranks 24th in the league and adding a proven scorer like Gay would lessen the load on Westbrook's shoulders.