Rudy Gay has a decision to make.
He has until June 10 to make his decision on a $14.2 million option year for the 2017-18 season, NBC Sports California has learned.
The 30-year-old old forward made it very clear to the Kings during training camp that he intended to forego the final year of his three-year extension signed in November 2014 and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. But that all changed when the veteran forward popped his Achilles tendon in early January.
Gay is progressing nicely from surgery, but he will likely make his announcement closer to the deadline when he has a better idea of where his recovery is.
Both Dave Joerger and Vlade Divac were clear during their exit interviews with media last Thursday that they would love to have Gay back in Sacramento.
“He’s a terrific human being and he’s a good teammate, also by the way, he’s a pretty talented guy,” Joerger said.
“His personality that we talk about - who’s going to fit on this team, he’s exactly what we’re looking for,” Divac added.
Gay has played 223 games in a Kings uniform over the three-plus seasons, averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 34.5 minutes a night.