When the San Antonio Spurs went free agent shopping this summer, Chris Paul was at the top of their list. He ended up in Houston, but they were more than happy to get Plan B.
Rudy Gay is the newest Spur and he spoke to the San Antonio media for the first time since inking a deal in the off-season. He's a longtime vet and a prolific scorer. He's averaged 18 points a game for his entire career, and he will help the Spurs fight the Warriors in the battle of small ball. He did suffer an Achilles injury last season but he says he'll be ready to go.
And in fact, overcoming that injury was one reason why he chose the Spurs.
"It was a do-or-die point in my career," Gay said. "I wanted to be with an organization that is known for winning and can help me raise my game to the next level, where else do you go?"
Gay will provide some much-needed offensive help for Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge heading into the new season. Add the fact, guard Tony Prker will be out for most of the new season, just means Gay will have to not only be a presence on both ends of the floor but fill the need for added leadership.
"I feel I fit in great, especially with the way this league is changing," Gay said. "You need more versatility. The possibilities are endless."
"I'm definitely happy with my career decision."
The Spurs open camp on Monday the 25th with media, practice starts on the 26. They open up the preseason in Sacramento on Oct. 2nd.
The first home preseason game is the 6th. And opening night against the Timberwolves is Oct. 18th.
(News 4 San Antonio's Don Harris contributed to this post)