Rudy Gay to decline $8.8M player option with the San Antonio Spurs

Free agency looks more appealing to Spurs forward Rudy Gay than a salary of $8.8 million.

Brittany King

It looks like  Rudy Gay will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.


The San Antonio Spurs forward is declining his 2018-19 player option with the team, according to ESPN. He will be opting for free agency over a hefty salary of $8.8 million. 


The 31-year-old signed a lucrative two-year, $17 million deal with San Antonio last offseason with the contract allowing a player option on the second year.

All I know is to push myself, and when I came in here, I continued to do that. They have kind of scaled me back and brought me back to reality a little bit.

This news comes days after All-Star Kawhi Leonard asked the team for a trade. The Spurs are now waiting for a decision from shooting guard Danny Green, who has a player option of $10 million.


Gay, who joined the Spurs for the 2017-18 season after spending the majority of four seasons with the Sacramento Kings, ruptured his Achilles in January 2017 and ultimately opted out of $14 million final year with the Kings.