San Antonio Spurs: Rudy Gay says he’s ‘fully cleared’

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Rudy Gay
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Rudy Gay
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In an interview with ESPN, San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay discussed how he’s cleared after suffering an Achilles injury in the 2016-17 season.

Rudy Gay will step in as the biggest name the San Antonio Spurs picked up in 2017 NBA free agency. They gave him a two-year, $17.2 million deal, which is the full Mid-Level Exception the team had available.

Risk came with the Gay signing, however, as he suffered a ruptured Achilles with the Sacramento Kings. The injury took place during a January game, which sidelined him for the rest of the 2016-17 season.

There’s good news on his recovery, though. In a recent interview with Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com, Gay discussed his recovery from the injury, and said he’s “fully cleared to do everything” when asked about the rehab process:

“It’s great. I actually worked out today. I’m fully cleared to do everything. I’m fine now. The team, it has its own planning with me. But I’m ready to go. I’ll definitely be ready by camp.”

The UConn product also spoke on his decision to opt out of his Kings deal, playing for Gregg Popovich and part of his free-agent process.

It’s obviously a positive to see Gay is cleared, as well as his status for training camp. Having him healthy, and around the team for its 2017-18 season planning, potentially means he’ll be on the right track to adjust and fit in with the style of play and the idea Popovich has for him in the rotation.

Will the recovery lead to consistent play on the court, however? We recently profiled past NBA stars that returned from Achilles ruptures, and their success in the succeeding seasons.

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Gay is coming off a 30-game season with the Kings, due to the Achilles rupture. Before it happened, he averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. It’s close to his career averages of 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

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