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.”
Kevin Durant ‘Not Sure’ If He’ll Play vs OKC
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who sat out Sunday night’s 118-111 win over the Brooklyn Nets with a left ankle sprain, told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that he’s “not sure” whether he’ll be able to play Wednesday at Oklahoma City.
“I’m just going to take it day by day and see how it progresses,” Durant said before the game.
Two-Time All-Star David Lee Announces Retirement
Two-time All-Star David Lee announced his retirement from the NBA on Sunday via Instagram.
Lee, 34, played for 12 years, finishing last season with the Spurs. He averaged 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 79 games for San Antonio.
Isaiah Thomas on Rehab Drill: ‘Hardest I’ve Run’
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas participated in full-court five-on-zero offensive drills Sunday, marking the first time he has practiced with his teammates in that manner since he was acquired from the Boston Celtics in a trade involving Kyrie Irving in August.
Thomas, who is still recovering from a torn labrum in his right hip, told Cleveland.com that Sunday was the “hardest I’ve run” during the rehabilitation process and he “felt good for the most part” afterward.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN