Gay (Achilles) says he'll be cleared for the start of training camp, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Gay has been cleared for full basketball activity since mid-July, so it comes as no surprise he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. The 31-year-old is now roughly eight months removed from originally tearing his Achilles and while the Spurs could opt to limit his workload throughout training camp and the preseason, Gay should be on a full workload once the regular season is here. A more defined role should be established once he begins practicing with the team, but it's fully expected that Gay will translate into a bench role for the first time since his rookie season, which means he'll likely see a smaller workload than the 33.8 minutes he was averaging last year with the Kings before going down with the injury .
Gay (Achilles) said that he has been fully cleared for everything and will definitely be ready by the start of training camp, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reports.
This is great news for Gay, who just signed a new contract with the Spurs, this early in the summer, as he'll now have plenty of time to get back into game shape and get his strength back before the start of preseason basketball. The 30-year-old is likely in store for a sixth man role in San Antonio this season, with the Spurs expected to return their strong tandem from last season.
The Spurs will be cautious with their new addition as Gay works his way back from a torn Achilles suffered in January. If his rehab continues to go according to plan, Gay should be ready by the time the Spurs start their preseason. Still, NBA training camp is a few months away, so Gay will have some hurdles to clear before being fully ready to return.
Gay, who opted out of his $14 million player option for the 2017-18 season with the Kings, has decided to join the Spurs. He played just 30 games last year before tearing his Achilles, but managed to post 18.7 points (45.5 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three), 6.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals across 33.8 minutes per game. It seems unlikely that Gay will crack the starting five, as the Spurs already have Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green. But, a healthy sixth-man role could be in store for the 30-year-old veteran. While his fantasy value will certainly decrease, assuming he sees a downtick in workload, there's a possibility he will be more efficient considering the overall skill of the team he now plays for.
Gay announced back in May that this was his plan and he stuck with it, as despite going down with a torn Achilles in mid-January, the swingman will walk away from the $14.3 million the Kings would have owed him for the 2017-18 season. Whether he gets a pay raise or not this offseason ultimately depends on how healthy he is, and Gay has said that his rehab is on schedule and that he doesn't expect to be limited for the start of next season.
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