MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former UConn star Rudy Gay seemed lukewarm on
remaining in the obscurity of Memphis when he becomes a restricted free
agent in July when the Knicks and Nets become two of his options.
"I wouldn’t mind staying here, if I feel they were going to make a commitment to me,” Gay said at the morning shootaround at FEDEX Forum. "It’s a business. I’m only the one here from my first year so I know the business more than anyone on this team. It really doesn’t matter which way it goes.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement for wanting to remain on Beale Street, playing in the league’s smallest market and playing before the second-worst attendance (averaging 13,000 despite a winning record).
But it is the Grizzlies who control his fate as they can match any offer since he is restricted. And the Knicks have to explore the bigger fish in LeBron James, Joe Johnson, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh Amare Stoudemire first before tendering Gay an offer sheet. That would tie them up as long as one week. Gay is not a max player but is averaging 20 points and 5.9 rebounds.
Getting Bosh, Gay and keeping David Lee wouldn’t be the worst July for the Knicks. Gay said he still gets "chills” playing the Garden. Not a bad sign.
Mike D’Antoni continues to rave about ex-Celtic Bill Walker, whom the Knicks are interested in keeping on. Funny how there’s been more buzz about Walker than Tracy McGrady recently. Walker faces his former high school teammate O.J. Mayo tonight. They teammed for two state high school championships in Cincy.