San Antonio Spurs Free Agency

Spurs: 3 players who would be massive mistakes to sign as free agents

Apr 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) shares a laugh with teammates before the game against the Detroit Pistons at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) shares a laugh with teammates before the game against the Detroit Pistons at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s time for Rudy Gay and the San Antonio Spurs to part ways

I want to preface all of this by saying that what Rudy Gay has done for the San Antonio Spurs this season has been impressive and has probably been underappreciated by us here at Air Alamo. He’s got the 12th best defensive RAPTOR rating in the NBA and has bailed the Spurs out of several tight situations with his shot-making ability. Hand up, I’ve been fairly critical of Gay this season and haven’t given him enough credit for what he’s done for San Antonio on both ends of the floor.

That criticism stems from the all-to-frequent occurrences of Gay dribbling in past the three-point line and taking ill-advised mid-range two’s or frustratingly missing his teammates when they’re open beyond the arc.

So when I say that re-signing Gay would be a mistake please understand that it is truly nothing personal, I just don’t see the fit working past this season.

Newly named starter, Devin Vassell and Luka Samanic are going to need more minutes going forward. There’s an incoming draft pick who is going to need playing time as well. All in all, the team is trending younger. With respect to Rudy, but is this really where he wants to re-sign?

Gay drew interest from teams near the trade deadline and would likely have no problem finding a spot on a contender this summer. Do you think he’d rather play another year or two in San Antonio or go contend for a ring with someone like the Clippers or Nets?

I want Rudy to get a ring, I want him to add that gold star to his already impressive resume before calling it a career. I also want to see more playing time for guys like Vassell and Luka. Combined, those two factors make bringing Rudy back an ill-advised decision. We all wish him the very best going forward but I’d prefer to see him wearing someone else’s jersey next season.

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