When Rudy Gay declined his player option with the Kings, it was expected he’d land with a contender.
On Thursday, he did just that.
According to sources around the NBA, the 30-year-old small forward agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs. He joins a team that has won five NBA titles since 1999.
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Gay, who was traded from the Toronto Raptors in December 2013, spent parts of four seasons with the Kings. He averaged 19.3 points, 6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 223 games with Sacramento. His final season as a King ended after 30 games due to a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.
Despite the season-ending injury, Gay is confident he can return to form.
“I think I can be the missing piece of any team,” he said in an April interview.
Gay, an 11-year NBA veteran, opted out of a deal with the Kings that would have paid him more than $14 million for the upcoming season.