Adrian Wojnarowski’s twitter feed broke the news that the Spurs have finalized an agreement with 23-year-old point guard Patrick “Patty” Mills.
Mills was selected with the 55th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. In the same draft, Spurs swingman Danny Green was selected with the 46th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Mills — for NBA standards — stands at a diminutive 6’0″ and weighs in at 185 lbs.
He will provide the Spurs with another scoring option, although he shouldn’t expect to play more than 10 minutes per game. Mills is incredibly fast and, like Tony Parker, can create offense for himself just because of his quickness. Unlike Anthony Carter and Derek Fisher, though, Mills has the potential to improve because his game needs to be refined.
Spurs fans shouldn’t expect a pass-first point guard because that’s not his game. He has problems holding onto the ball and he’s not a polished shooter although his 3-point percentage was 35.3 last year. His lack of bulk also puts him at a disadvantage defensively. His defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) was 111 last year.
His signing represents another low risk/high reward move from the Spurs front office. The Spurs roster now stands at 14.