Forward Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings both want the same thing: a fresh start.
They are hoping they can create one together.
A seven-player trade sending Gay from the Toronto Raptors to Sacramento was completed Monday, a day after the teams reached an agreement.
The Raptors received point guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes. The Kings also acquired center Aaron Gray and forward Quincy Acy.
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“Excited, to say the least,” Gay told reporters in Sacramento before the Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-97 Monday night. “I have a couple guys with me that came with me. It’s a new beginning. I’ve been saying it all day. They have a lot of young pieces and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Gay, Gray and Acy were not in uniform for the Kings against Dallas. They are expected to take physicals Tuesday, and Kings officials are hoping they will be available against Utah on Wednesday in Sacramento.
It was the second major move for the Kings this season as they begin rebuilding under new owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D’Alessandro and coach Michael Malone. Sacramento sent Luc Mbah a Moute to Minnesota for Derrick Williams on Nov. 26, and more deals are likely before the season’s over.
“This is the NBA and I expect the unexpected,” Malone said
The latest trade will reshape the roster — and the payroll.
Gay is making $17.8 million this season. He holds a $19.3 million player option for the 2014-15 season, which he is widely expected to exercise.
It is just the kind of financial risk Ranadive has said he is willing to take — and the Maloof family that previously owned the team wouldn’t — to try to turn the Kings into a winner.
“We need players here in Sacramento and that’s just the bottom line,” D’Alessandro said.
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