Rudy Gay re-signs with Spurs for one season
Rudy Gay and the San Antonio Spurs have reportedly agreed to a one-year extension, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Free agent forward Rudy Gay has committed on a one-year, $10 million deal to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018
According to Charania, the deal will see Gay collecting $10 million for next season. This is a significant increase from Gay’s 2017-18 salary which was in the $8-million range.
Although the 31-year-old is no longer the premier player he once was, Gay still played a crucial role for the Spurs last season. During his first year in San Antonio, the forward averaged 11.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 21.6 minutes off the bench.
Entering his 13th season in the league, it is undeniable that Gay is now in the twilight of his career. He is a shadow of the superstar he once was during his heyday with the Memphis Grizzlies. In his prime, Gay could easily drop upwards of 20 points night in and night out, and was considered to be one of the most lethal scorers in the league.
Injuries have definitely played a big role in his career. Two seasons ago, Gay, who was then a member of the Sacramento Kings, then suffered a full rupture of his left Achilles which ruled him out for practically half the season. During his entire career, he has played less than 60 regular season games in six out of his 12 years in the NBA.
Despite the obvious decline in his game, the 6-foot-8 forward still remains to be an important part of head coach Gregg Popovich’s rotation. The re-signing of Gay is definitely good news for the whole city of San Antonio, especially considering all the drama and uncertainty surrounding the future of cornerstone player Kawhi Leonard.