ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that long-time NBA veteran Rudy Gay was waived by the Golden State Warriors, and while he was expecting to have a role on the 2022 champs, it seems that the franchise decided to go in a different direction. Gay has had a long 17-year NBA career and it should not come to an end as of yet. With the Boston Celtics needing some more shooting and leadership, it would be a smart play to sign him in hopes he can help be a voice of reason during the upcoming season.
For the last two seasons, Gay has been a serviceable bench player for the Utah Jazz, giving them about 15-20 minutes per night. Gay can potentially give the Celtics 10-15 minutes a night while spelling Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown off the bench being that he’s always been a reliable scorer during his 17-year NBA career — and to have a little offensive firepower coming off the bench is always a plus.
Plus, Gay’s upside goes beyond the hardwood.
Rudy Gay has perspectives all Boston Celtics players can benefit from
Having played so many years in the NBA and been on so many different teams, Gay can be a positive voice for the team’s youth, giving them a viewpoint that features experience most newcomers will never dream of amassing.
Gay would cost the Cs virtually nothing to sign him at this point as well. With Boston looking to have the right mix to hang up Banner 18, an addition like Gay will just further help that cause and will keep the NBA career of a still-serviceable role player going.
As the preseason continues to bring potential free agency fits, the Celtics have several roster holes they need to fill — and being that he’s a true combo forward at this stage of his career, Gay could go a long way toward filling several of them.