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San Antonio Spurs: Rudy Gay to re-sign for one-year deal

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 18: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs smiles during the game against the LA Clippers on December 18, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 18: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs smiles during the game against the LA Clippers on December 18, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs will re-sign Rudy Gay, according to a report.

The San Antonio Spurs entered Sunday morning’s free-agent period with a handful of players set to hit the open market. That included Rudy Gay, who opted out of his contract for the 2017-18 season.

Well, the Silver and Black did not wait long to bring back Gay. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the veteran forward will return on a one-year, $10 million deal. It’s a raise from the $8.8 million he would have made before opting out.

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

Gay returns at an interesting time, amidst the trade talk around Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio’s starting small forward, when healthy. As it stands, if Leonard goes elsewhere, it would open up minutes without the background speculation that lingered in the 2017-18 season.

Gregg Popovich played Gay off the bench, as a main scorer to supplement LaMarcus Aldridge’s rebound season. However, in the postseason, Gay was moved into the starting lineup to help a team that needed instant offense. Will that change stick in the 2018-19 season?

This was also Gay’s first season since suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in January 2017, as a member of the Sacramento Kings. He still missed two months with a heel injury, but still shot 47.1 percent from the field for 11.5 points in 21.6 minutes per game. The latter two numbers were amongst the lowest of his double-digit-year career, but it was also in a unique sixth-man role for the first time.

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Now, the Spurs will focus on the rest of their offseason. This included the acquisition of Marco Belinelli. Whether it will mean anyone else joins remains to be seen, but it seems San Antonio has scorers on its radar for the next incarnation of its roster. The same thing went for their top draft pick, Lonnie Walker, a shooting guard from Miami.

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