The San Antonio Spurs put their thinking caps on and looked into the market for another veteran player who they expect will play a big part on the team next season.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, forward Rudy Gay agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with a player option with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
Sources: Rudy Gay's deal with the Spurs: two-years, $17M-plus with a player option.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017
With this signing, the Spurs get a gifted scorer to compete against the likes of Golden State and the other top teams in the Western Conference.
As an athletic scoring forward in the NBA, Gay, 30, brings extra scoring and tenacity to the team. Not only can he score, but he fits in the new style of play in the NBA’s modern day era as a stretch forward who can space the floor and score off the jumper. Gay shot 37.2 percent from the three-point line last season, just above the league average at 35 percent.
A lineup featuring Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard is a ferocious dynamic duo. Although Gay is not a superstar, he still holds star potential and is still in his prime and would allow the Spurs to run a small ball lineup, which they couldn’t with Pau Gasol in the mix last season.
Despite having his 2016-17 season cut short due to an Achilles rupture, Gay still had a fantastic season, averaging 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 30 games.
Depending on how Head Coach Gregg Poppovich prefers to play him, Gay will most likely start off the bench when he returns from his rehab and play a similar role to what Andre Iguodala played in Golden State.