But the front office made waves today as it signed Rudy Gay to a two-year, $17 million plus deal with a player option, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: Rudy Gay’s deal with the Spurs: two-years, $17M-plus with a player option.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2017
Let’s go #Spurs
— Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) July 7, 2017
After tearing his Achilles tendon last season, Gay only appeared in 30 games with the Sacramento Kings. He declined his player option of over $14.2 million for the 2017-18 season and left for San Antonio to become a part of a contender. He met with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week as a potential landing spot. OKC wasn’t willing to pay him what he was asking for.
Helping the Spurs Reload
Gay averaged 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in his four seasons with the Kings. He shot 45.5 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the games that he saw action in. No one in NBA history has more seasons of at least 18 ppg that didn’t lead to an All-Star appearance (nine), per Basketball Reference.
He’ll be a great second option for Kawhi Leonard and adding another pure scorer could help San Antonio compete in the increasingly difficult Western Conference. He’ll most likely play alongside Danny Green, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Tony Parker (when he’s back healthy).
After this signing and the Patty Mills‘ new contract (four-year, $50 million), the Spurs don’t have much wiggle room left under the salary cap. There’s an estimated $94.5 million committed to their active roster, with nearly $3 million in dead money. That leaves about $3.3 million left. The downside is that they still have to sign Pau Gasol and restricted free agent Jonathan Simmons. The front office has said that they wanted to keep Simmons so they’ll match any offer he gets. However, it will be difficult with the cap numbers unless they can make a move to open up some space like sending Green somewhere.