Rudy Gay is hoping he can take his game to the next level after joining San Antonio Spurs.
The small forward put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the AT&T Center after opting to leave Sacramento Kings at the end of last season.
The 31-year-old is hoping to enjoy success with the Spurs, who last claimed NBA Championship glory in 2014, while they were beaten in the Western Conference Finals by eventual champions Golden State Warriors last term.
“I think it was a do-or-die point in my career,” said Gay.
“I wanted to be with an organisation that was known for winning and can help me raise my game to the next level.”
Gay has been sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury since January, but he has now confirmed he will be fit for the new season and he is looking forward to hitting the ground running and challenging for Championship glory.
“I’m feeling great,” Gay added. “I know a lot of people say that. I don’t think you’d expect me to say anything else. But I actually feel great.
“I haven’t played since January. I’ve worked so hard to get back to feeling normal. I didn’t want to do that for nothing. I came here to possibly play for a championship.”
San Antonio are priced at 7.50 to win the Western Conference this season, while they are available at 13.00 to claim overall Championship glory.