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Rudy Gay agrees with the Spurs’ two-year contract of $ 17.2 million

Free-agent forward Rudy Gay has reached agreement on a two-year, $17.2 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told ESPN.

The deal includes a player option on the second year, league sources said.

Gay has discussed deals with several winning teams, including Oklahoma City and Utah, in recent days, league sources said. The market tightened on him in the aftermath of a season-ending Achilles injury, but Gay ultimately chose the Spurs for a chance to contend in the Western Conference.

With what is essentially a one-year deal, Gay has the ability to make a full recovery, play well and return to free agency next summer.

Gay appeared to confirm the agreement in an Instagram post on Thursday.
An 11-year NBA veteran, Gay averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30 games with the Sacramento Kings in 2016-17 before suffering a complete tear of his left Achilles tendon Jan. 18 against the Indiana Pacers.

Gay, who turns 31 in August, is actively rehabilitating the Achilles tear, and there’s an expectation that he should be ready to return sometime in the fall. Gay opted out of $14 million in the final year of his contract with the Kings, simply ready to move on from the organization.

The Spurs used their full midlevel exception on Gay and recruited him hard since the start of July 1 free agency to finally secure a deal Thursday night, league sources said. San Antonio is desperate for athletic wing players to join All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard to try to defend the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.

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Ty Lawson claimed the Sacramento Kings’ last available roster spot Monday after the team announced the release of fellow guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins.

Lawson won the duel for the Kings’ 15th roster spot and is expected to open the season as the stand-in point guard for suspended Sacramento starter Darren Collison, despite the fact Lawson showed up late for one morning shootaround and missed a team flight ‎the following day earlier this month‎.

New Kings coach Dave Joerger has been a big backer of Lawson, ‎insisting in recent days that there is “no situation” with Lawson and repeatedly praising the veteran guard’s play throughout the preseason.

Lawson was summoned to meet with club officials after missing a team flight from Las Vegas to Kentucky for a recent exhibition game in Lexington, but Kings general manager Vlade Divac ultimately told local reporters that the team was satisfied with Lawson’s explanation that a “personal issue” caused him to miss the flight.

“We handle it inside [the] house,” Divac said after the meeting with Lawson. “He got the message, and we move forward.”

The Kings signed Lawson, 28, in late August to a one-year minimum deal that was non-guaranteed, hopeful that he would seize the opportunity to resurrect his career and fill a void in their backcourt.

Sacramento will be forced to play its first eight regular-season games without Collison, who received that punishment from the league after a misdemeanor conviction for domestic assault. The Kings signed Lawson only after considerable internal deliberation given the veteran guard’s history of legal woes, which include four previous arrests for driving under the influence.

The Kings had also recently signed Farmar, who played in Memphis last season under Joerger, as a potential fill-in for Collison. Cousins, who is not related to Kings star big man DeMarcus Cousins, was a second-round pick in June, taken by Sacramento with the No. 59 overall selection.

After struggling last season in stints with Houston and Indiana, Lawson told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears in a July interview: “It would be big to be back to my old self again. Also, it’s not for just me, it’s for my parents. They have had a hard time seeing what I’ve been going through. I know they hear the little comments at NBA games. To make them proud again would mean the world to me.”