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Rudy Gay: ‘I’m a Spur for life’

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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.”

Source: Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News

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Sources: Nuggets Will Decline Nikola Jokic’s Team Option

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The next major contract domino for Denver is [Nikola] Jokic’s max deal. As of Sunday morning, one league source told The Denver Post that the Nuggets had not yet declined their $1.6 million team option for Jokic for 2018-19 but “will” do so, making him a restricted free agent and eligible to sign a max contract with Denver.

“Nikola’s going to be here for a long, long time,” president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said following Thursday’s NBA draft. “I think whatever we do, we’re going to ensure he’s here as long as possible. When that moment happens, we’re going to talk to Nikola and his brothers and his representation. He’ll be in Denver for a long, long time. He’ll be buying (a home) here.”

Source: Gina Mizell of The Denver Post

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Sources: Milos Teodosic Exercises Player Option with Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic has exercised his $6.3 million player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Teodosic’s salary will become fully guaranteed for next season if he is on the Clippers’ roster past July 15.

Teodosic, 31, had impressive moments in his rookie NBA season in 2017-18. He averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 25.2 minutes per game in 46 contests with the Clippers. Teodosic served as a starter for 36 games and was one of the Clippers’ key playmakers.

Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports

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Sources: Mike Muscala Exercises Player Option with Hawks

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Hawks forward Mike Muscala has exercised his $5M player option, source tells ESPN. He will be back with Atlanta.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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