San Antonio Spurs point guard Patrick Mills will likely decline his player option worth one million and enter free agency according to Paul Garcia of Project Spurs. Mills has until June 25th to opt out of his contract.
Here’s what Mills had to say regarding his decision:
“I feel like I need to do my due diligence and really go and see what there is to make sure I explore every option,” Mills said.
“But in saying that, I really enjoy being in San Antonio and being part of that program. I definitely want it done soon and that is what I’m trying to do so that I can get it out of the way and go to London with a clear head with the Boomers.”
This move isn’t surprising considering Mills played well enough to earn more money in the open market. HoopsHype ranked Mills as the 96th best free agent ahead of John Lucas III, Earl Clark, Jannero Pargo and Willie Green.
Acquired on March 23rd, Mills appeared in 16 games for San Antonio. He averaged 16.3 minutes, 10.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 42.9% shooting from behind the arc. Mills assisted on 25.9% of the Spurs’ possessions while he was on the court. Only T.J. Ford, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker were better passers.
Mills’ tenure with San Antonio isn’t over yet though. The Spurs still have the opportunity to retain Mills in free agency. They have an advantage over other teams because he proved to be an immediate fit in Popovich’s system. The desire to maintain continuity could be appealing. In a limited sample size, Mills was one of the most efficient players on the team and that will always have some value irrespective to any team’s specific needs.