San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay already called himself a “Spur for life.”
Perhaps the biggest outside-the-organization move, for the San Antonio Spurs, came when they signed Rudy Gay. He received a two-year, $17.2 million deal, with a player option for the second season.
Gay recently spoke to the press for the first time as a member of the Spurs. It’s as training camp approaches, with the regular season following it up.
“Whatever it takes. If I’m a sixth man, I’m going to be the best sixth man in the league. If I’m a starter, I’m going to try and be one of the best small forwards in the league. That’s just the type of player I am … I’m a Spur and I’m a Spur for life.”
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) September 14, 2017
It looks like Gay’s ready to contribute in any way possible, even if that means coming off the bench, which seems likely. He called himself a “small forward” and the last time anyone checked, Kawhi Leonard is still on the roster. So, unless Leonard goes down, Gay won’t be starting at small forward anytime soon.
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However, the UConn product can play the position when Leonard is off the floor or if Gregg Popovich moves to an alternative lineup. That leaves Gay at the three and Klaw at the two.
How much playing time Gay receives will be interesting, though. As the potential sixth man, he would likely see his minutes cut. He seems prepared for that, which is a positive.
However, with a player option for the second season, is this a “provide-it” deal for Gay? He might reestablish himself as a sixth man, as long as recovery from an Achilles ruptures goes smooth. Then get paid the next offseason.
The NBA preseason is just a few weeks away, so Gay will get to debut in a Spurs jersey soon. It should be an intriguing ride with him for the first eight months.