Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gay is now on the NBA trade ban, according to multiple sources. In 12 games off the bench this season, the 17-year-old veteran is averaging 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Likewise, Gay is averaging a career low 15.8 minutes per game, shooting 36.2% from the floor and 26.5% from beyond the arc. In recent years, his production has taken a nosedive.
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“Sources say the Jazz are looking to move Rudy Gay, who will almost certainly pick up his $6.5 million player option for 2023-24,” said Jake Fisher of Yahoo Sports.
Last August, Gay signed a three-year, $18.6 million contract with Utah. If Jazz executive Danny Ainge finds a trade partner for the UConn product, he can’t expect to receive much for the declining player.
The Jazz now want to trade Rudy Gay
In September, Lauri Markkanen was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton, a 2025 first-round draft pick, a 2026 first-round draft pick, a 2027 first-round draft pick, a 2028 first-round draft pick, and a 2029 first-round draft pick to the Jazz for Donovan Mitchell.
“The Jazz’s interest in Hawks forward John Collins is real, league sources said, and Utah seems to be thinking about how to add to this winning unit rather than subtract from it,” Fisher added.
“Right now, the chances of Collins landing in Salt Lake City seem slim. Atlanta approached the Jazz about trading Collins for Markkanen, sources said, but it didn’t get any traction.
Will the Jazz consider trading Mike Conlin and/or Rudy Gay for Collins? In 17 games during the 2022-23 season, Conley averaged 10.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
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The point guard’s current scoring average is the lowest since the 2008-09 season with the Memphis Grizzlies (10.9). However, a trade package must first entice Hawks GM Travis Schlenk.
Conley suffered a non-contact knee injury in Utah’s 118-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. He will miss the next two weeks. Gaye missed time with a sprained finger.
During the offseason, NBA trade rumors surfaced that the Jazz would trade Conley. But Atlanta may not be that team. The Falcons made a bad trade in the offseason, giving away Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings.
Not to mention, Collins’ trade value is also low. He is averaging 12.6 points, 7.5 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 blocks this season. The forward has disappointed Hawks fans over the past two seasons. Collins hasn’t scored at least 20 points in a game since the 2019-20 season.
To add to that, the Hawks forward is making $23.5 million this season and $25.34 million next season. His contract alone makes it more challenging for Atlanta to trade Wake Forest’s production. Either way, he’s on the NBA’s trade ban.