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Report: NBA vet Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) turns down option with Spurs, becomes free agent

Report: NBA vet Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) turns down option with Spurs, becomes free agent
Rudy Gay, right, battling for a loose ball with the Golden State Warriors in a playoff game April 22, spent the past year with the San Antonio Spurs. (Ronald Cortes / Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay, a former standout at Archbishop Spalding, declined a one-year salary of $8.8 million to become a free agent, according to an ESPN report.

After spending four seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Gay signed a two-year, $17 million contract last summer with the Spurs that included a player option in 2018.

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A full-time starter most of his career, Gay, 31, came off the bench for all but six of his 57 games last season, averaging 21.6 minutes a game, the lowest in his 11 NBA seasons., which also includes time with the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors.

In addition to losing Gay, the Spurs must decide what to do with star forward Kawhi Leonard, who last week asked for a trade.

Gay scored 1,588 points in his high school career and was named 2003-04 All-Metro Co-Player of the Year, a McDonald’s All American and Jerry Savage Player of the Year. He amassed most of his points — 1,181 — at Spalding, third most in program history.

Though he was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Gay is rooted in Baltimore. Before his first season with the Spurs, he talked about how important playgrounds were for Baltimore City’s children as a safeguard from violence. He then hosted a two-day Amateur Athletic Union tournament last August, the Rudy Gay 22 Flight Classic.

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