Rudy Gay – The Raptors future
A bit over a month after Rudy arrived in Toronto, GM Bryan Colangelo already sees him as the face of the franchise, and he’s likely to offer Gay an extension when he becomes eligible for one in July. The team will also pursue a “proven scoring post player” in return for Andrea Bargnani, as per Yahoo Sports .
While Raptors management express their excitement to embrace him, Rudy believes he wasn’t given a fair chance by new members of the front office in Memphis who arrived after Robert Pera bought the team at the start of the season. Gay had a feeling he’d be traded, since he felt the new management team, headed by CEO Jason Levien, didn’t give him an opportunity to show he was worth his contract, which pays him $82.3 millions over five years.
“With the new management team, I don’t think anybody’s comfortable. They’re rookie owners. They come in there and they want it their own way, and you can’t blame them for that. But it’s a player’s league.”
This summer, Gay would have been played three seasons of his five-year deal, making him extension-eligible. The Raptors would only be able to add two seasons to his contract, since veteran extensions are limited to four years including the remaining years on the existing deal. Still, an extension would likely remove the possibility, however remote, of Gay invoking his player option to decline the $19.3 millions he’s set to receive in 2014/15.
Some high profile players have did not show interest to sign extensions since they can usually sign for more money and more years in free agency, but Gay may be willing to make an exception, considering how highly the Raptors view his skills and how few teams may be willing to pay him more. Gay isn’t thinking long-term, but that could change between now and July, and he seems to have a positive view of his new surroundings.
“Last time I left it up to my agent and it worked for me. I love the city. I think the team has a lot of potential. The organization is great. Bryan Colangelo is here and he is watching every step trying to make this team better.”
I hope to see the NBA playoffs back at Air Canada Centre and Rudy Gay bringing back the basketball back in the Maple Leafs city .