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Rudy Gay happy to be with Sacramento Kings, sees bright future for the franchise

  • Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay discusses the three-year, $40 million contract extension he signed with the Kings, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Gay, 28, is currently in his ninth NBA season and was acquired by the Kings in a trade last year with Toronto Raptors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay discusses the three-year, $40 million contract extension he signed with the Kings, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Gay, 28, is currently in his ninth NBA season and was acquired by the Kings in a trade last year with Toronto Raptors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay discusses the three-year, $40 million contract extension he signed with the Kings, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Gay, 28, is currently in his ninth NBA season and was acquired by the Kings in a trade last year with Toronto Raptors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay discusses the three-year, $40 million contract extension he signed with the Kings, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Gay, 28, is currently in his ninth NBA season and was acquired by the Kings in a trade last year with Toronto Raptors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay, right, is congratulated by teammate Carl Landry after talking with reporters about the three-year, $40 million contract extension he signed with the Kings, at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Gay, 28, is currently in his ninth NBA season and was acquired by the Kings in a trade last year with Toronto Raptors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay, right, is congratulated by teammate Carl Landry after talking with reporters about the three-year, $40 million contract extension he signed with the Kings, at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Gay, 28, is currently in his ninth NBA season and was acquired by the Kings in a trade last year with Toronto Raptors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro took a calculated risk when he acquired veteran forward Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors in a seven-player trade last December.

That risk paid off Wednesday when Gay signed a three-year, $40 million extension to stay in Sacramento through the 2016-17 season.

The Kings view Gay as a second cornerstone to their franchise alongside center DeMarcus Cousins, who is in the first year of a four-year, $62 million contract extension he signed last summer.