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Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gay (heel) to miss start of regular season

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May 19, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) shoots a three-point basket during the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
May 19, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) shoots a three-point basket during the first quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gay will miss the start of the regular season after having surgery on his left heel, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Gay, 35, signed a three-year, $18.6 million contract with the Jazz in August.

Entering his 14th NBA season, Gay spent the previous four in San Antonio and averaged 11.4 points and shot 38.1 percent from 3-point range for the Spurs in 2020-21. He’s averaged 16.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game over his career.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder confirmed that Gay hadn’t been cleared for contact, but has been going through some portions of practice.

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Gay had surgery on a torn left Achilles tendon in 2017, but there was no indication the injuries were related.

The Jazz begin preseason play Monday in San Antonio.

–Field Level Media