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REPORT: Rudy Gay could miss Spurs’ opener with heel injury

Rudy Gay, Spurs

The injury bug won’t leave the San Antonio Spurs alone. Small forward Rudy Gay has an inflamed bursa in his heel and head coach Gregg Popovich isn’t sure if the veteran swingman will be available for next week’s season-opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Gay missed time last season with a right heel injury. He tore his left Achilles tendon during the 2016-17 season with the Sacramento Kings as well.

In his first year with the Spurs last season, Rudy Gay averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 57 regular season games. The 32-year-old shot 47.1 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from beyond the arc, and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line. Gay’s injury comes at a bad time for the Spurs. The team lost starting point guard Dejounte Murray to an ACL injury, an ailment which will likely cost Murray the entire 2018-19 season, and Derrick White to a left plantar fascia tear.

Rudy Gay re-signed with the Spurs in the offseason on a one-year, $10 million deal. He told reporters at media day he was feeling athletic again and lost close to five pounds in the summer. This setback is tough to hear, but the good news is Gay won’t be done for the season like Murray.