San Antonio Spurs Free Agency Rumors: Rudy Gay Drawing Interest

By Rob Wolkenbrod
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 03: Rudy Gay
DALLAS, TX - MARCH 03: Rudy Gay /

The San Antonio Spurs could target Rudy Gay, but it’s being referred to as “due diligence.”

The San Antonio Spurs have watched as the NBA went wild just hours before 2017 NBA free agency begins. This includes the trade of Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder, with Victor Oladipo and Damantos Sabonis headed back to the Indiana Pacers.

Other deals were struck as well, like Blake Griffin re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Spurs haven’t prematurely signed anyone yet, but names like Andre Iguodala were rumored to meet with the team, specifically at midnight ET on Saturday morning.

Well, add yet another name to the mix. According to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio will do its “due diligence” on Rudy Gay. He’s also rehabbing an injury in Austin, TX.

#Spurs doing their due diligence. Rudy Gay is another named that surfaced as free agency approaches. He's rehabbing in Austin.

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) June 30, 2017

Gay played the past three-and-a-half seasons with the Sacramento Kings, before declining a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists on 46 percent shooting, after a midseason trade with the Toronto Raptors in 2013.

Aside from Toronto and Sacrameto, Gay played with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2006 to 2012. They selected him in the 2006 NBA Draft, and almost instantly became a contributor for the team.

At age 30 and coming off an injury, it’s unknown what type of deal Gay could pursue. He’s had ailment issues throughout his career, too, missing time in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14 and this past season.

As for the Spurs and Gay, it’s a potentially interesting match. As noted, it’s only due diligence on the 11-year pro. They already have Kawhi Leonard at small forward, but he can swing to the shooting guard spot, given his athleticism and performance from the field. It would also give the team two lanky wings, maybe causes mismatches for smaller lineups in this constantly evolving league.

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Is Gay a fit for the Spurs? If not him, is there another wing that makes sense?