The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to re-sign forward Rudy Gay to a one-year, $10 million contract, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated.
On June 14, Gay opted out of the final year of his contact with the Spurs that paid $8.8 million. Yahoo! Sports first reported Gay’s new deal.
The 12-year NBA veteran averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds last season in his first season with the Spurs in a career-low 21.6 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder also proved last season that he had recovered from the season-ending Achilles tendon tear that he suffered during his 2016-17 campaign with the Sacramento Kings.
Two of those players — Slovenian wing Luka Doncic and Oklahoma point guard Trae Young — will have their futures forever linked after Thursday night, as the Hawks and Mavericks went forward with a trade that was discussed for much of the day, Atlanta swapping Doncic to Dallas for Young and next year’s first-rounder.
And a third possible star, Michael Porter Jr., who entered this season as a potential No. 1 pick in this year’s draft before he suffered a back injury just two minutes into his NCAA career at Missouri, slid all the way from the top five to the final pick in the lottery, landing with the Nuggets at No. 14.
It’s been a roller coaster, for sure, Porter said. It’s had its ups and its downs, but I think God has been the driver of it all.
Denver entered Thursday night hoping to come away with a player who could crack the rotation on the wing. But the Nuggets came out of the first round with a guy who, if healthy, could be a franchise player, a 6-11 forward with shooting guard skills.
There are other players who could develop into elite players in this draft — most notably No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton — but the gambles taken by the Hawks, Mavericks and Nuggets could change those franchises for the foreseeable future.