Rudy Gay is at a point in his career where he chose happiness and winning over money.
Gay, who signed with San Antonio just days ago, was a guest on ESPN’s Mike & Mike and quickly was asked his reasoning on signing with the San Antonio Spurs.
“I am at a point in my career where I have to win and I needed structure and where else to go."
“I am super excited."
Gay will be counted on to be a viable scoring option for the Spurs next season. Paired with Kawhi Leonard, the duo may be a nice one-two punch for the Spurs and havoc for opposing teams. Over his career he is averaging, 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He is also a career 45-percent shooter from the floor and 34-percent from the 3-point line.
And that will go a long way towards Gay's happiness and success on the floor.
“Obviously this is a 60-win team, I am joining a team that is already great."
He then goes on about his new coach, Greg Popovich, comparing him to a wizard.
“He (Popovich) has plans for me. He’s great, he’s like a wizard when it comes to that. He wants to make sure that I am out there and I feel comfortable."
The biggest shadow over Rudy heading into next season is the health of his Achilles heel. He tore it last season and it caused him to only play a portion of the season.
“I just want to go out there and be as comfortable as possible. Coming off this injury, I am more hungry than I have ever been."
“It’s tedious, a lot of hard work, but most of the tough part is over."
While other teams (especially in the West) have been making big splashes in the offseason (Houston netting Chris Paul for example), the Spurs continue to forge ahead proving they do not need home run signings to make them a contender.
Gay is surrounded by doubts over his health, and if he can rebound next season. Though not a sexy signing, having a proven veteran on the squad, another scoring option, and a player he obviously has checked his ego at the door, it wouldn't come to a surprise to see just how well Rudy is playing next season, while many will wonder how the Spurs did it again.