Rudy Gay leaves Oklahoma City Thunder without deal despite Enes Kanter tweet

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (L) goes to the basket as Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris (C) and Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (R) defend on January 10 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. Photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

July 2 (UPI) — Despite an Enes Kanter tweet featuring Rudy Gay’s name next to Russell Westbrook’s locker, Gay left his Oklahoma City Thunder meeting without a contract, according to league sources.

ESPN reported Sunday that the Sacramento Kings and Thunder are searching for a "financial path" for the deal, which could include a difficult sign and trade.

"League sources tell Enes Kanter," Kanter tweeted Saturday night as the caption for a photo of Westbrook’s nameplate alongside Gay’s in the Integris Thunder Development Center.

Kanter’s tweet has more than 14,000 retweets and 26,000 likes.

Gay, 30, averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in 30 contests last season for the Sacramento Kings. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft played his first seven seasons for the Memphis Grizzlies before joining the Toronto Raptors as part of a 3-team trade during the 2012 season. He joined the Kings in 2013 in another trade.

Gay made $13.3 million in 2016. He had surgery in January on his ruptured left Achilles’ tendon. He opted out of the final year of his contract with the Kings in June.

Gay was due to make $14.2 million next season, had he not opted out.

He also hosted free agent meetings this weekend in Austin, Texas, {link:according to The Vertical. : "https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/880419815428681728" target="_blank" title="Vertical on Gay"} League sources told The Vertical last season that the Thunder attempted to get Gay in a trade with the Kings, but talks stalled.

So far, Gay has been linked to the San Antonio Spurs, Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

ESPN reported that the Clippers plan to meet free agents Danilo Gallinari and Gay sometime in the next two days.

Kanter, 25, is due $17.8 million this season and has an $18.6 million player option in 2018.

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