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Rudy Gay signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs this summer in the hopes of revitalizing his career and winning basketball games again, something he didn’t experience much of the past few seasons playing for the lowly Sacramento Kings.
Gay, who is coming off a torn Achilles he suffered in January, picked the Spurs for a chance to compete for a championship, as he had enough of the dysfunction and constant losing in Sacramento.
The veteran small forward met with the San Antonio media on Wednesday and said he is ready for training camp to start and excited to be part of a franchise which he knows will take his game to another level.
“I’m feeling great,” Gay said. “I know a lot of people say that. I don’t think you’d expect me to say anything else. But I actually feel great. [The Achilles rehab] was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. I’ve worked so hard to get back to feeling normal. I didn’t want to do that for nothing. I came here to possibly play for a championship.”
Gay is a proven scorer in this league, averaging 18.4 points per game in his 13-year career. His athleticism is still off the charts and he can create his own shot off the dribble, something every team in the NBA needs from their wing players.
Gay and Kawhi Leonard give the Spurs two athletic forwards who can get out in transition and finish at the rim with ease.
“I think it was a do-or-die point in my career,” Gay said on why the Spurs made the most sense for him. “I wanted to be with an organization that was known for winning and can help me raise my game to the next level.”