20 free agents that could join Ricky Rubio (and Gordon Hayward) with the Utah Jazz

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Rudy Gay

Like Gallinari, one can see Rudy Gay dropping into the Jazz lineup as either a wing player or a stretch four. In other words, he could play with G-Time or replace him. His strong frame and 7-foot-3 wingspan allow him to compete against power forwards, while his speed and skill on the perimeter make him a dynamic wing scorer.

Gay is also a proven commodity, having been a high-level point producer for a decade with three different teams. It was more of the same last season, as he averaged 18.7 points per game. He also took a career-best 25 percent of his shots from three, where he made better than 37 percent of his attempts. 

Those numbers bode well for him as a floor-spacer.

The concerns with Gay are age and injury. His 2016-17 campaign was shortened by a torn Achilles tendon in January and he’ll be 31 years old before the start of next season. That’s not a good combination for a player entering free agency or for teams looking to sign him. On the other hand, these things may lower his price tag.

When considering Gay, though, one must also ask themselves this question — although he has become a more efficient scorer and a better defender throughout his career, why did the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors each elect to move on without him, then flourish as a result?