Rudy Gay plans to use his cut from the U.S. Olympic team as motivation this season.

"They can word it however they want. Being left off, being cut, whatever," Gay said. "I feel like that's one of the things I can keep in my mind to make me move on."

Gay spent the summer working to get better.

"I feel like I've gotten older and gotten smarter as a player. Watched a lot of tape to try to figure out what holes I have in my game and try to fix that," Gay said. "It's hard."

Gay said he worked on trying to be consistent -- whether knocking down shots or coming off pick and rolls.

"I think I can give so much more, whether that's defense or offense," Gay said. "I feel like I can give so much more and I will."