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Thread: So what happens if Rudy Gay opts out?

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    Really depends what kind of offensive they plan for rudy & demar. (nurse & bayno)

    Should be exciting to watch in light of the new staff.

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    Whether Gay opts out or not and whether he stays with the Raps or not depends on several criteria.

    Opting out of 19 million is pretty hard. He probably would opt out if he plays really well, improving all his statistics, especially his shooting percentages. In that case he should become very valuable on the market and he could collect a very nice long term contract (Raps or elsewhere) in the range of 15 million and above per year.

    If his stats should remain the same or become even worse, he would probably consider collecting the 19 million and risk a possible, but unlikely injury over the following season before becoming a free agent. This would give him another chance to improve his value over that season before definetly signing a new longterm contract as a free agent. Of course, by then he would very likely be traded by Masai.

    Whether Gay stays in Toronto willingly depends on how this team will do this year. If they improve a lot and make the playoffs, Rudy himself plays really well and there are still more indications of future improvement (team wise) over subsequent seasons, then Rudy will be interested to stay. He might even agree to opt out and resign longterm with the Raps for a more reasonable salary at about 13 to 15 million per. Of course Masai could trade him anytime before this season's February trade deadline, if the results up to that point warrant a tank job or simply a change of personnel.

    In any case, I think Masai will be pretty clear and rather strict with Rudy when it comes to the options. I guess that at very least by the February trade deadline Masai will make sure that Gay indicates him as to what his intentions are and based on that Masai will either trade him or, if Rudy wants to stay in Toronto, Masai will lay out a rather strict plan for him. Which probably means that they wish Rudy to opt out and sign a new more reasonable but a longterm contract after this upcoming season.

    The general feeling that I get from Masai is that he is not very happy about the Rudy Gay situation (who is VERY happy with it?). This will lead him to playing hard ball with Gay but in a very patient manner. He will not rush any decisions. He probably likes Gay the player, but not his contract situation, so he'll act with caution and with the best interest of the team. Whether we retain Gay as a player or not, I trust Masai to make the correct decision in this case. He will either opt for tanking and trade Gay for expiring scrubs, or he will get us somebody that fits better our team, or he will bring back Gay for a more reasonable price. Most of it depends on the results of the upcoming season.
    Last edited by BadDinosaur; Mon Jul 22nd, 2013 at 01:21 PM.

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    I dont think he will opt out its a lot of money it would be so dumb to walk away rom it all what is it 19 mil? If I were Gay Id stay get paid see where the franchise is after and choose to extend for good money with them cause undoubtedly right now Rudy is the guy and in current plans is the franchise so I dont see why he would. If Raptors do turn the corner its his team, and why would he leave lest traded out.

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    If Rudy walks. He walks. You get what you can for him or you get nothing. It'll be a shame if he walks and you get nothing. But, it is what it is.
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    How Rudy plays may essentially shape the direction of our team. If Rudy underachieves, my money's on the Raptors going into a rebuild at the break. If he breaks out, the Masai will probably look to continue building this roster.

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    If Rudy walks you have $20 Mill to go shopping with. Not the worst thing in the world.

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