Spurs: Ranking Top 5 free agents from Texas NBA teams

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5. Rudy Gay - San Antonio Spurs

Ever since he entered the league in 2006, Rudy Gay has been a scoring machine. At age 34, he's coming off one of the better outside shooting seasons of his career when he led the San Antonio Spurs with a 38.1 percent mark. With a roster increasingly getting crowded with young talent at all positions, now his future in the Alamo City is up in the air.

The Spurs' veteran trio of DeMar DeRozan, Gay, and Patty Mills have all been important in mentoring the younger guys like Lonnie Walker, Keldon Johnson, and newcomer Devin Vassell. With that said, the roster as constructed hasn't gotten the job done in the last two seasons.

While I appreciate how Rudy caught fire at the end of the season when the Spurs were struggling on offense, I recently wrote about how it might be better for both parties if he took his talents elsewhere this summer. With the move, guys like Luka Samanic, Gorgui Dieng, and even Keita Bates-Diop can begin making their mark as a new era of Spurs basketball is ushered in.

There are plenty of teams who could use Rudy Gay as a starter or first man off the bench, including the Miami Heat, who are one year removed from a surprising NBA Finals appearance. Given he made $14 million in San Antonio this season, he should be an affordable piece for a team needing a veteran scorer to round out their roster.