San Antonio Spurs: July 3rd, 2014
Patty Mills and the Spurs reached a three-year, $12 million deal, ensuring that the team’s spark plug role player will be receiving his championship ring on opening night with his 2014 Finals teammates beside him.
Meanwhile, the world champions continue to conduct their business quietly. Intent on re-signing point guard Patty Mills when NBA free agency started, they finally got their wish. Mills signed on with a new three-year deal, keeping a key member of the San Antonio Spurs bench intact. Many will say the team was aided greatly by the fact Mills was diagnosed with a shoulder injury following their Finals victory, an injury that will require seven months to heal. It’s a steal for San Antonio, but personally devastating for Mills.
After much speculation that Kyle Lowry was going to sign with the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors have reached a four-year deal totaling $48 million with the Raptors leader through the 2014 playoffs. Sean O’Donnell of Bleacher Report breaks down the deal:
Coming off his career season, the 28-year-old Lowry will have an immediate impact at the point guard position. A top-shelf starter, he not only has the skill set to flourish, but also has the endurance to remain on the court for the long haul—he averaged a career-high 36.2 minutes per game in 2013-14.
Retaining Lowry makes Toronto’s backcourt a major strength going forward. With his ability to score from the outside and create open looks for his teammates, expect the Raptors to light up scoreboards in short order.
Finally, Manu Ginobili has a stress fracture in his leg but has yet to decide whether or not to play in the FIBA World Cup. Stephen Anderson of Project Spurs writes it’s highly unlikely.
Doctors discovered the early stages of a stress fracture in his exit physical with the Spurs and appears Ginobili suffered the injury in the late stages of San Antonio’s run for their fifth NBA title.
The 36-year-old guard is looking for a second medical opinion before making any final decisions according to the report.
After getting the second medical opinion, Ginobili tweeted that there indeed is an injury, but he will wait 20 days to see how it heals before deciding if he’ll participate in the World Cup in August.
La lesión existe pero mi participación en el mundial dependerá de cuánto mejore en estos 20+ días. Sigo siendo optimista. — Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 2, 2014
Here is Ginobili’s translated tweet:
The injury there is but my participation in the world will depend on how much better these 20 + days. I’m still optimistic.
The recovery and rehabilitation time for the injury is expected to be two months, which means Ginobili should be available for the start of Spurs training camp later this fall.