We've been waiting for a long time to see if the San Antonio Spurs would make a splash in free agency, and today we finally got it.
The Spurs have agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with small forward free agent Rudy Gay. The story was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and later confirmed with a team announcement.
Wojnarowski is also reporting that there is a player option for a third year in the contract and that the Spurs have been working to close this deal over the last few days as the free agency talent pool was starting to dry up.
Gay is about to turn 31 and has been in the league for 11 years. He's still a starting-caliber player, but it's unlikely that he'll start for this Spurs team since he and Kawhi Leonard play the same position.
The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder had each been pursuing Gay in free agency, so this is a great signing by the Spurs.
Gay could've been had for more money, but signed with the Spurs to give himself the best shot at a championship.
Signing Gay also allows the Spurs to play a more effective offensive forward off the bench behind Kawhi without sacrificing defense and size. And you can totally see the two being able to play together down the stretch of big games without Gregg Popovich sacrificing rebounding the way he so often has when he tries to play LaMarcus Aldridge as the only true big on the floor.
It seemed like the Spurs strategy of "let's just roll back last year's squad" is completely out the door, though. And signing all three of Jonathon Simmons, Manu Ginobili, and Dewayne Dedmon might not be possible unless the Spurs do work some salary cap magic or go into the luxury tax, which they've never done as a franchise.
Either way, the Spurs finally have their big free agency signing of the summer. Let's just see how the rest of the roster comes together.
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