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Free agent Patty Mills out up to seven months, including World Cup

Jul 2, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

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When projecting how much cap space the Spurs could clear for Pau Gasol, I was a little hesitant to even consider San Antonio renouncing Patty Mills. The Spurs could re-sign Matt Bonner and maybe even Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes with the room exception and minimum contracts – the only mechanisms remaining after the free agents were renounced. But that probably wouldn’t be enough to secure Mills.

Though the stat has flaws, Mills actually had more win shares (5.6) than Dwyane Wade, Roy Hibbert and Deron Williams last season.

At minimum the San Antonio point guard, who’s an unrestricted free agent, is intriguing.

Unfortunately, his stock has taken a major hit.

Chris Dutton of The Sydney Morning Herald:

A shoulder injury has forced a devastated Patrick Mills to withdraw from Australia’s world cup campaign as the NBA championship-winner faces up to seven months out of action.

Fairfax Media can reveal Mills will have surgery in the coming days to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Mills ranked No. 38 in Kurt’s list of the top 50 free agents. The Knicks were reportedly interested, but that was before they traded for Jose Calderon. Even if New York’s desire to sign Mills had waned, there would have been other suitors.

Now, I’m not so sure.

Plenty of teams might be willing to sign Mills and then give the 25-year-old time to rehab to full health. But there’s no guarantee he’ll ever return to full health.

This is a serious injury, one that could keep Mills out the first three months of next season. It would be foolish to assume a fully recovery is in order.

It would also be foolish to completely count out Mills. Smart teams will keep their eye on him and request medical records. From there, Mills’ value will be re-established – sadly for him, likely at a lower price point.

  1. jzone954 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Wow. That really sucks.

    • rexgrossman8 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Yes it does. Hope he makes a full recover. In a twisted way this helps the Spurs and Mills, they could sign Mills to low dollar short term contract. Mills can heal and continue to develop in a good environment, then make more money after the deal terms out. Win win.

      • tomshoe - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        He’ll be back in time to make it rain 3’s on the Heat

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Dafuq happened between the Finals and now??????

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      Gotta be Riles as he’s working on tearing down the Spurs since he can’t build up the Heat…

    • borisalessandri - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      He was playing with it for some time now. It must’ve been all that towel waving he did on the bench years prior. Hopefully the Spurs are able to scoop him cheap on a 1yr deal, monitor his progress and give home ample rest throughout the season so he can be near 100% for the playoffs. He deserves to get a pay raise and I’m positive the Spurs will take care of him after the 1yr deal is done. Also it’ll give Cory Joseph more playing during the season.

  3. money2long - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Rough.

  4. enigma2742 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    MY BOY PATTY MAN I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM BUT HE’LL BE BACK AND GET HIS MONEY NOT SORRY NO MORE

  5. jazynaz - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    aren’t there any details to tell us how he could have torn a rotator cuff in the off season? you don’t easily tear a rotator cuff. bad timing for a hit to his potential earning power, and new contract in free agency.

  6. antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Well that stinks. I wish him well. I always root for Australians in the NBA.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      Shannon Long…

      That’s an Australian lady…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        She’s capable of stopping penetration, but I’m still bothering her with my length.

  7. wilmyers09 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    jazynaz read the article

  8. cantonbound13 - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    A good player who’s injured & available? The Sixers should be calling soon.

    • patfic5 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      5 year plan…..draft some injured dudes, foreigners who won’t play for two years, and play in the lottery for the next 5-7 years. Might as well give him a look!

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