Minnesota Has Eyes For Rudy Gay
An NBA source close to the situation informed
your friendly neighborhood columnist this week that the Minnesota
Timberwolves have eyes for Memphis Grizzlies swingman Rudy Gay. After
turning down a contract extension that was reportedly worth $10 million
a year from Memphis in early November, Gay is set to become a
restricted free agent this summer.
The Wolves are in need of an impact wing player
and believe Gay could be that guy. Minnesota is watching closely how
he performs this season. The source indicated that the one concern the
Wolves have with regard to Gay is whether or not he will develop that
"killer instinct" late in ballgames.
The source also expressed surprise that Gay
turned down the extension Memphis offered him saying: "I think he’s
going to regret that. I don’t see how he gets more than that on the
open market next summer."
There’s always a possibility that Memphis looks
to deal Gay this season. However, considering the Grizzlies have the
right to match any offer Gay receives next summer keeping him seems
like the more likely option provided a team doesn’t knock Memphis’
socks off with an offer before February’s trade deadline. Keeping Gay
would also provide Memphis with the option of consummating a sign and
trade deal next summer.http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=14492