San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

San Antonio Spurs: Rudy Gay Signs 2-Year Deal

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

The San Antonio Spurs made their first free agent acquisition, signing Rudy Gay to a 2-year deal.

The San Antonio Spurs were quiet in NBA free agency, only re-signing Patty Mills to a 4-year, $50 million deal. He was one of their top players available.

However, on Thursday night, the Spurs made their first splash of the offseason. It didn’t come in the form of a superstar, but they pulled in Rudy Gay. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that San Antonio signed him to a 2-year deal.

To follow this up, TNT’s David Aldridge reported the deal being for the mid-level exception. It comes out to a total of $17.2 million over the two seasons. The second year is a player option.

Free agent forward Rudy Gay has agreed to a two year deal with the Spurs, league sourcs tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017

Spurs used mid-level exception on two-year deal for Rudy Gay (player option second year). @wojespn first with agreement.

— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 7, 2017

Sources: Rudy Gay's deal with the Spurs: two-years, $17M-plus with a player option.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017

Gay turned down his player option for $14.3 million with the Sacramento Kings, so he’s taking a significant reduction in salary. It’s joining a contender, however, so that could be the motivation behind him aligning with RC Buford, Gregg Popovich, and company.

Gay put up 18.7 points on 45 percent shooting for the Kings in the 2016-17 season. However, he ruptured his Achilles in January, costing him the rest of the year. It’s a concern, but if he can get back to full health, then the Spurs have a former 20-point scorer on their hands. That could do wonders as an option next to Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Through 11 NBA seasons, Gay played with the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors and the Kings. The Grizzlies traded for his rights in the 2006 NBA Draft, and went on to play his first six-plus years there. That led to a midseason trade, with the Raptors in the 2012-13 season. A second mid-year deal took place in 2013-14, which brought the UConn product to Sacramento.

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This is the first new face, aside from the NBA Draft, to get added to the Spurs’ roster. More could be on the horizon, but for now, this is a start toward building a contender in the Western Conference.