The Spurs’ interest in Rudy Gay was revealed July 1 with a phone call from Gregg Popovich.
“He said, ‘Well don’t (sign with another team). Come here,’” Gay said. “Obviously he was joking, but the more we talked, he just talked about the possibilities. What kind of player I could be. What kind of player he thinks I am, and how I can help this team.”
Gay bought in, agreeing to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Spurs, who officially introduced their prize Wednesday afternoon.
“Whatever it takes,” he said. “If I’m a sixth man, I’m going to be the best sixth man in the league. If I’m a starter, I’m going to try and be one of the best small forwards in the league. That’s just the type of player I am.”
Gay is betting on himself this season. He has an $8.8 million player option for the 2018-19 season. If he returns to form, he could decline the option and sign a more lucrative contract.
But the business side can wait. Gay’s new chapter starts this month. The mission is clear: Help his new team capture its sixth championship banner.
“I’m a Spur,” Gay said. “And I’m a Spur for life.”
Giannis: I want to work with Kobe over the Summer
Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ 134-123 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN Milwaukee he hopes to work with NBA legend Kobe Bryant this summer.
“When I go to that event, I’m going to try to sneak an opportunity to talk to him,” Antetokounmpo said. “I want to ask him if I can come to L.A. to work with him.”
Source: Eric Nehm of ESPN
Sources: Aldridge, Horford Were Picked Last in All-Star Draft
San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he wasn’t surprised to learn he was the last pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA All-Star Draft. “I’m not a flashy player,” the six-time All-Star said. “That’s OK.”
Aldridge was the last player chosen by LeBron James’ team, and Boston Celtics power forward Al Horford was the last pick by Stephen Curry’s team, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here,” Aldridge told ESPN. “Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.”
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
Kevin Love on Cavs New Roster: ‘I’ll fit in when I come back’
Kevin Love says the Cavaliers have found “joy” again and that his return won’t pose a problem with the team’s newfound chemistry.
“We have a lot of selfless guys added, young guys who are playing extremely hard,” Love said Friday in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, a week removed from Cleveland’s roster overhaul and with several weeks left in his recovery from a broken hand. “I think you’ve seen that in the last two games in wins over Boston and OKC. So we just continue to keep playing hard. “I’ll fit in when I come back — and hopefully I’ll have enough games to get my legs beneath me and get my rhythm back.”