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Rudy Gay hopes to come back, re-sign with Spurs

Back in July of 2017, when the San Antonio Spurs signed veteran forward Rudy Gay to a two-year deal, there was a player option worth $8.8 million which allows him to opt out of his contract this summer to become an unrestricted free agent.

Gay says that he needs some time to think about what he is going to do, but he really would like to come back and stay in San Antonio for the 2018-19 NBA season.

“Obviously I have to go through and assess some things,” Gay said, per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. “But after a season like this, it’s hard not to want to come back and fight for a championship. I love these guys.”

The 31-year-old was limited to 57 games during the regular season due to numerous injuries and had to play through the pain.

“A lot of times, I will-powered through games, will-powered through practices,” Gay said. “I didn’t feel like there was anything worse I can go through (than the Achilles tendon injury).”

With Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard active for just nine games during the entire 2017-18 season, veteran shooting guard Manu Ginobili said that Gay’s absence was that much tougher for the team.

“We lost Rudy for two months, and Rudy was a big part of our team,” Ginobili said. “He was our second scorer. He was the new guy and he needed to adjust, and we didn’t have him for a big part of the season.”

In 57 games this season, Gay averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in roughly 21.6 minutes of action per contest.