‣ The Golden State Warriors are signing free agent forward Rudy Gay to a one-year contract.
‣ Gay will compete for the Warriors’ open roster spot in training camp.
‣ Other teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, and New Orleans Pelicans, were also interested in adding Gay to their roster.
Free agent F Rudy Gay has agreed on a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, Sam Permut of @RocNationSports tells ESPN. Gay will compete for team’s open roster spot in camp. This will be his 18th NBA season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)
The Golden State Warriors have made an exciting move by signing veteran forward Rudy Gay to a one-year contract. The 37-year-old player was recently waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder, after being traded by the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks. Gay will have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot during training camp with the Warriors, who are considered one of the top contenders for the championship next season.
Several other teams expressed interest in adding the 6-foot-8 wing, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, and New Orleans Pelicans. However, Golden State emerged as the preferred destination due to their strong championship odds and competitive roster. Gay brings a wealth of experience to the team, having played in the NBA for 17 seasons.
Gay was originally selected eighth overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2006 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He has since played for multiple teams, including the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, and the Utah Jazz most recently. In June, Gay exercised his player option with the Jazz for the upcoming season before being traded to the Hawks and then the Thunder.
Despite his long and successful career, Gay has never won a playoff series. However, joining the stacked Warriors lineup could change that. With the opportunity to play alongside stars like LeBron James and Chris Paul, Gay has a real chance at making a deep playoff run. It will be interesting to see how Gay contributes to the Warriors and if he can finally break his postseason curse.