Wojnarowski noted that the contract is worth $17 million, and the second year comes with a player option.
The forward was limited to 30 games for the Sacramento Kings last season after rupturing his Achilles, but he still declined his player option that would have paid him over $14.2 million for 2017-18.
When healthy, the 30-year-old was as good as ever with averages of 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. His 37.2 percent shooting from three-point range was the second-best of his 11-year career. He also provided veteran leadership for what was otherwise a young team.
“His personality, when we talk about who’s going to fit on this team, he’s exactly what we’re looking for,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in April when discussing his interest in keeping Gay on the roster, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
However, it’s clear Gay didn’t want to stick around for potentially more lost seasons after three disappointing years in Sacramento.
The underrated player has been one of the most consistent scorers in the NBA throughout his career, averaging 18.4 PPG. No one in NBA history has more seasons of at least 18 PPG that didn’t lead to an All-Star appearance (nine), per Basketball Reference.
Despite his contributions, he has only participated in one playoff series in his career, a first-round loss with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012.
He will almost certainly get another opportunity with the Spurs, an organization that has reached the postseason in each of the last 20 years.
Kawhi Leonard led the squad to the conference finals this past season, but adding another established scorer could help compete in the increasingly difficult Western Conference.
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