The San Antonio Spurs will not lose Patty Mills in free agency, as he will re-sign with the franchise.
At 12:01 a.m. ET, the San Antonio Spurs and 29 other teams could officially talk with free agents. It’s the beginning of the NBA’s New Year, initiating this process.
For the Spurs, they had a handful of players available in free agency. This included point guard Patty Mills, who played the past six years with this organization. However, it seems he’ll get more time in the Alamo City.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs will re-sign Mills. They will give him four years, $50 million to stay. This makes for a $12.5 million salary.
Free agent Patty Mills has agreed to a 4-year, $50M deal to stay with San Antonio, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/K9ZzMOnDzR
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
For those wondering about George Hill, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, talks “broke off” with the Spurs. Hill is discussing with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks.
Sources: George Hill, Spurs discussions broke off. Denver and New York have so far made initial contact with Hill, one of top PGs on market.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2017
The interesting question is, if this is the last move San Antonio makes at point guard. They have Dejounte Murray and Derrick White at the position, but given the lack of starting experience between these two and Mills, it will be interested to see if the team goes for another player at the one spot.
Tony Parker can’t be forgotten, but he’ll miss part of the 2017-18 season, with a quadriceps injury. So the Spurs may have to plan without Parker, unless they think he can return earlier than expected.
As for Mills, he’s coming off a season of 9.5 points, 3.5 assists, 44 percent shooting and 41 percent from beyond the arc. The assists were a career high, as well as the 21.9 minutes per game and the eight starts.
This marriage between Mills and the Spurs could last for four more years, if the former isn’t traded in the time between. It will be intriguing to see the role that Gregg Popovich gives him for the 2017-18 season, if nothing else changes with the one position.