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With less than a month before the 2023-24 NBA season starts, the teams are making the last signings to finalize the rosters. The Golden State Warriors will be among the top favorites to win it all, and they have been pretty active during the off-season. After signing veteran point guard Chris Paul, Dario Saric, and Usman Garuba, the Warriors round up the roster with another addition. So, can you guess who is the latest Warrior’s signing?
Who gets the last spot on the Warriors roster?
The latest Warriors singing is a veteran who is going into his 18th season in the league, and his name is Rudy Gay. The 37-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Utah Jazz and agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors for a veteran minimum. Last season, he played 56 games for the Jazz averaging 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1 assist per game.
Why is this a good move for the Warriors?
The core of the Warriors remains the same like in the past decade. Steph Curry is running the show, dropping threes with Klay Thompson while Draymond Green is doing the dirty work for them. Chris Paul will probably start, at least at the beginning of the season, while Andrew Wiggins is the younger player in the starting lineup.
Looking back at the Warriors rosters from their winning season, they always had a couple of veteran guys coming off the bench. Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala put a lot of pride in their supporting roles with the Warriors and had a major impact on the team’s success.
Iguodala is no longer on the Warriors’ roster, and Gay is the one who will step into that role. It is a real question how much playing time the veteran would get but that will probably be around 15 minutes per game just like last year with the Jazz. Gay has been efficient on both ends of the floor in his prime, and Kerr expects of him to get into action when needed and also be a good mentor for the young guys on the team.
Rudy Gay career recap
Gay has been in the league since 2006 when the Houston Rockets drafted him 8th overall and soon after traded him along with Stromile Swift to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shane Battier. He was named to the All-Rookie First team.
Gay spent seven seasons with the Grizzlies before getting traded to Toronto in the middle of the 2012-13 season. He played a total of 51 games for the Raptors before being traded to the Sacramento Kings. In his first full season with the Kings in the 2014-15, Gay averaged a career high 21.1 points per game.
After three and a half seasons with the Kings, Gay signed with the San Antonio Spurs where he played for four years. In 2021, he signed with the Utah Jazz before moving to the Warriors this off season.
Gay has made it to the Playoffs only three times, never making it past the first round and playing a total of 19 games averaging 14.3 points per game.
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