When San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills and free agent Aron Baynes are not crashing live news reports in Australia, they are looking ahead to their NBA future.
For Mills, he re-signed with the Spurs despite having shoulder surgery which will keep him out of most of the upcoming NBA regular season as well as play with Team Australia this summer at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
However, there was a moment when he had doubt about his future in San Antonio.
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“I was very worried, actually,” Mills said.
“This was going to be my first chance to be able to go through a whole two weeks of free-agency and experience what it’s really like.
“I’m very happy with what’s happened with my contract.”
Mills emerged as a great backup to point guard Tony Parker. Especially in the NBA Finals where he shot lights out and helped San Antonio capture title No. 5 in franchise history.
Yes, Patty will be out of action for a good chunk of the 2014-15 NBA regular season but the Spurs knew his value and did not hesitate at re-signing the Australian guard.
As for Baynes, he future in San Antonio is still in limbo.
The Spurs have one more spot open on the roster and Baynes could be the odd man out. In spot time, Aron showed brute force in the paint, agility, and an inside presence for the Spurs.
As Project Spurs’ Stephen Anderson pointed out, San Antonio extended a qualifying offer around $1.1 million to Baynes, making him a restricted free agent. However, he has yet to put pen to paper.
“That one is for the agents to work out,” Baynes said.
“I had a blast when I was there (San Antonio), I enjoyed my time fully.
“Now it’s time for my agents to step in and take care of business – I’m focused on the world champs right now.”
Should Baynes return to the Alamo City, it would complete the team bringing back everyone from last season’s roster.
But will Aron be OK with coming off the bench already with big men such as Tim Duncan, Jeff Ayres, Boris Diaw, Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner?
If another team throws a big contract his way, it might be hard for Baynes to turn that kind of money away.