Rudy Gay And Vlade Divac Are Embroiled In A Classic Mexican Standoff

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“I have no idea,” he said about where the team is headed. “I suit up and give it my all. That’s all I can do in this situation, that’s all you can do. Go out there and play as much as you can. Obviously, we don’t have anything to really build on. We have a new coach. I think that’s the only thing we can really build on. New coach and seeing how it plays out.”

When asked by CSN California about Gay’s comments, Kings VP Vlade Divac initially said he hadn’t heard them. Once informed of what the veteran wing had told the media, Divac said: “He has my number. If I do something, I will call him. Obviously, if I didn’t call him, we didn’t do anything.”

Gay’s comments echo what DeMarcus Cousins recently said about the Kings. Participating at Team USA’s practice, Cousins said, “I do my job,” and added “I really don’t understand” the Kings’ draft moves.

The Sacramento Kings organization isn’t exactly known for running a smooth operation. But it just keeps getting worse and worse. First it was DeMarcus Cousins butting heads with former coach George Karl. Then Rajon Rondo saying the Kings weren’t unified. And now both Cousins and Rudy Gay openly acknowledging they have no clue how the Kings are going about rebuilding. Now if we’re being honest, nobody has any idea what the Kings are doing. It’s just surprising that players are expressing their displeasure publicly.

But now with Vlade Divac telling the media “he has my number,” we’ve reached no man’s land. Gay and Divac are stuck in a vintage Mexican Standoff. Vlade can’t tell Gay to screw off because he’s the team’s second-leading scorer and still has a year left in his contract. Rudy can’t demand a trade because, well, that may make Sacramento less likely to trade him out of spite. So they’re both stuck in the middle, with the tension boiling up so thick you couldn’t cut it with a knife. And I’m not talking one of those plastic knives you use when you get too lazy to fire up the dishwasher. I’m talking a well-manicured steak knife.

So what should Rudy Gay do? Keep making oddly aggressive comments? Shut up and let the Kings keep drafting centers? Sit out until Sacramento releases him or deals him to a contender? I have no idea. But I feel for Gay. He’s been about a 19 point-per-game scorer his entire career, yet he’s only played in one playoff series and is about to turn 30. And every time he gets traded the team he was previously on starts playing really well. He’s a classic good-player-on-a-bad-team sort of guy. The only question is, are teams better off without him or is it just an unfortunate coincidence?

We’d need Sacramento to trade him to test this theory. And although praying the Gay away is a quality move in Cards Against Humanity, it may not be the best play here.


Matt Barnes is joining the Kings this year. Thank god they’re signing at least one veteran who will provide a no-nonsense attitude in the locker room.

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