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Rudy Gay makes shocking 5-year injury admission that could boost Jazz title hopes

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The Utah Jazz had the best record in the NBA last season. But despite having several weapons on their roster, adding even more firepower is never a bad thing.

The Jazz’s latest signing in Rudy Gay may be a sneaky great addition for the team next season, particularly because of his latest injury admission. The 16-year NBA veteran claimed that he’s been playing with a hurt heel since 2017, which in turn has hindered his performance. Gay finally opted to have surgery this past offseason.

Via KSL’s Ryan Miller:

“I see myself as a very tough guy,” Gay said. “I played with it for five years, but I feel like it’s the chance for me to come into this Jazz organization with no setbacks, no pain or anything, just come in and just be able to contribute right away.”

Before the injury in 2017, Rudy Gay had averaged at least 17 points per contest in 10 straight NBA seasons. But since that injury, he’s averaged 11.9 points per game in a reduced role for the San Antonio Spurs. With the injury straightened out, perhaps Rudy Gay can get back to the form he once held on a new team that could use more dynamic scorers.

“We’ve got the best trainers back there to help me get back to where I am, but it’s one of those things where I want to be playing in the summer,” he said. “I don’t want this to be nagging on me. We want to make sure this is right to be as competitive as possible.”

Spearheaded by Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, the Utah Jazz have filled their roster with overlooked talent with a ton to prove. Count on Rudy Gay to fit right in.