Rudy Gay is an extremely talented player who is tough to guard due to his height and length. He can get his shot off against almost any player, and can score at any spot on the floor. He will be entering his prime, and likely looking for another big contract. If he decides to decline his player option, then there certainly will be teams ready to open their checkbook, but the Los Angeles Lakers should not be one of these teams; they should instead choose to pursue other free agents.
There is no doubting Gay’s offensive talents, but he’s a player who needs the ball in his hands constantly to be successful. He often disrupts the flow of offensive sets to get his shot, and is known as a “ball-stopper.” The Lakers already have a player who likes to dominate the ball, and adding another would not do the team any good.
Defensively, Gay has all the tools to be great, but doesn’t put as much effort as he should on that end of the court. He does have a knack for creating turnovers, but can become disengaged on that side of the court. His lack of focus would not serve as a good example for the younger players on the roster.
More importantly, Gay is just not worth the money that he is likely to command. He is expecting to receive superstar money, but has never truly been a leader on a team. The past couple of years, his previous teams actually did better when he was traded away. This should be a red flag for the Lakers organization as they look to build a competitive roster in the future.