Free agent forward Rudy Gay joins San Antonio Spurs on two-year, $17.2 million deal
Rudy Gay gives the Spurs another athletic wing to pair with Kawhi Leonard. AP

THE San Antonio Spurs got another key addition after reaching an agreement with Rudy Gay for a two-year, $17.2 million deal on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, before the team announced that the free agent forward has agreed to join the Spurs in the said deal with a player option in the second year.

Recovering from a season-ending Achilles injury, Gay has been in talks with a number of teams but chose to take what’s essentially a one-year deal with the Spurs in the hopes of making a full recovery and joining a title contender in the process to raise his stock for another possible free agency run next year.

The 11-year NBA veteran put up 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in only 30 games last year for the Sacramento Kings as he tore his left Achilles tendon in mid-January. He opted out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Spurs used the full midlevel exception on Gay, one of their top targets since free agency began, to add another athletic wing alongside last season’s MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard.

Gay also hinted at the signing on his Instagram account on Thursday (Friday, Manila time). 

 

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