On the opening day of free agency, San Antonio Spurs free agent guard was dealt some terrible news – a shoulder injury that could sideline him anywhere from January until March. Tuesday afternoon, Mills seems to have received good news, as San Antonio Express News columnist Buck Harvey reported that Mills and the Spurs have agreed to a new 3-year deal.
— Buck Harvey (@Buck_SA) July 2, 2014
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Mills’ deal will be worth $12 million for the three years.
Deal for Spurs’ Patty Mills, I’m told, is in $12 million range over three years. One of my heroes @Buck_SA first reported the agreement
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
Mills, 25, had the best season of his career last season, averaging 10.2 points per game, as he was a key piece to the Spurs’ title run for the franchise’s fifth championship.
When Mills signs a contact after July 9, and when rookie Kyle Anderson does as well, the Spurs’ roster limit will be at 12. There’s also a report that undrafted point guard Bryce Cotton will sign a partially guaranteed deal with the Spurs as well, where he would have to make the roster after training camp for his deal to be guaranteed. In this scenario, the Spurs would have 13 roster spots filled.
The offseason expectation still is for the Spurs to re-sign Boris Diaw, as he is a free agent as well. If the Spurs were to bring back Diaw and Cotton earned a roster spot, the roster would be at 14. With the league maximum being 15 players by the start of the regular season, chances are becoming slimmer either Matt Bonner, Aron Baynes, or a new free agent joins the team.