While Enes Kanter sent out cryptic tweets saying Rudy Gay was at least in Oklahoma City. He never actually said the Oklahoma City Thunder were signing and Gay. However, Gay left Oklahoma City on Sunday morning and no deal was struck.
Sources: Rudy Gay is leaving OKC visit today, sides still searching for financial path to deal. Sign and trade with Kings remains difficult.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2017
Gay, 30, missed almost three months with a torn Achilles injury. He averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 30 games with the Kings last season before the injury.
Oklahoma City can offer the non-taxpayer Mid-level exception (MLE) at $8.4 million this season. If Oklahoma City uses that, it could put Oklahoma City over the hard cap line of $125 million. Oklahoma City could offer the lower MLE at $5.2 million.
Gay opted out of his final year in Sacramento of $14.2 million. So, it could be that Gay would like a payday similar to those numbers, which Oklahoma City can not afford.
if the the Thunder do make this move and go into the hard cap, it’ll be unlikely for Sam Presti, who’s often been savvy about spending money. This would also limit the Thunder’s ability for other free agents and could limit if the Thunder can bring back other players like Andre Roberson.
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