San Antonio Spurs likely cut No. 3: Rudy Gay
As someone who criticized Rudy Gay's shot selection often, I must admit he played fantastic basketball to end the season for the Spurs. He was often one of the few guys still getting buckets when the entire team was struggling to get anything going.
On the season, Gay averaged 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting a team-high 38.1 percent from deep. He also bumped that up to 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in May and scored 20 against the Grizzlies in the play-in game. It's safe to say the veteran who will be 35 soon still has plenty of game. So why is he on this list?
Rudy Gay made $14 million with the Spurs last year. Given his 14 years of NBA experience and what he offers, that's fair enough. With his contract now expired and so many free agents out there who could bring some help for less money, does San Antonio really want to spend their newfound cash on reloading with a roster that's now two years removed from the playoffs?
Gay and Mills combined for 19 field goal attempts per game last season. That wasn't bad when their shots were going down, but both had some rough stretches on both sides of the ball as the season went along. I can't help but think the Spurs would stand to benefit by giving guys like Vassell, Luka Samanic, and Keita Bates-Diop bigger roles within San Antonio's offense.
Given that he's getting to the point in his career where he may be searching for a ring, a breakup here might be beneficial for all parties involved.