San Antonio Spurs: Patty Mills Contingency Plans

By Erik Lambert

Apr 22, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin (14) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the second half in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at United Center. Washington Wizards defeats the Chicago Bulls 101-99 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Attention continues to center around Tim Duncan, but the San Antonio Spurs also have pending questions regarding key guard Patty Mills.  What can they do if he decides to leave in free agency?

Ramon Sessions

Having spent some time in purgatory, otherwise known as Milwaukee, Ramon Session will be eager to join a winner.  The Spurs fit that bill perfectly, and would love to have his offensive output as he averaged 12.3 points per game.  The question with him will be price as he made considerably more than Mills in 2013-2014.

Mario Chalmers

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has proven over time to be a wizard at reclamation projects, both via the draft and free agency.  So he would not blink at the chance to get something out of Mario Chalmers, who ended his career with the Miami Heat on a very sour note in the NBA Finals.  He struggles with consistency but is absolutely fearless when it comes to taking big shots in big situations.  In that way he is very much like Patty Mills, and after his rough season should come cheap.

D.J. Augustin

For most of his career D.J. Augustin was an afterthought, a former 1st round pick in 2008 who ended up a bust.  That is until he landed in Chicago.  Under the strict tutoring of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, Augustin rediscovered the magic that made him the 9th overall pick.  He finished the season with 14.9 points and five assists per game.  Chicago is often compared favorably with San Antonio in terms of systems, so it’s not a reach to think Augustin could find similar success under Popovich.

Aaron Brooks

Marred by inconsistency and a lack of stability throughout his NBA career, Aaron Brooks hasn’t been able to find himself since his early days in Houston.  His most recent stop in Denver showed signs of life but doubts linger whether the 29-year old can hold a job.  The quickness and talent are still evident when he’s on the floor, but the lack of direction is concerning.  If there is one thing the San Antonio Spurs provide, it’s structure.