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Report: Spurs, Patty Mills reach terms on new three-year contract

Jul 2, 2014, 8:07 PM EDT

Patty Mills, Gregg Popovich Patty Mills, Gregg Popovich

When word came down this week that Patty Mills was going to be out seven months following shoulder surgery — not returning to the court next season until the calendar flips to 2015 — his free agency value took a hit.

The likelihood that he would return to the Spurs skyrocketed.

That’s exactly what has happened. Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express News broke the story.

The deal is for around $12 million over three years

Mills told PBT during the Finals it really took about two years of being on this team until he understood how to play within it — this season he had fully blossomed in that system and become a key contributor as the backup to Tony Parker.

“Everyone knows it’s a different place here than everywhere else and it definitely takes some getting used to,” Mills said of the San Antonio offensive system. “The first two years (in San Antonio) where I didn’t play a whole lot I still really believe I got better as a player, mentally more than anything. I’m really able to let it all go in that system now.

Mills is lightning quick and it was getting him to rein in his shoot-first instincts that was hard part (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Mills conditioning was vastly improved this past season, also). Now he’s a part of the Spurs system that works well, and he’ll be with the team at least three more years.

  1. qdog112 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Good fro him. Too bad he’s injured, but good that The Spurs rewarded him fror what he has done and can do moving forward.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Pop has his “little fat-a$$” back now.

  2. moseskkim - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Savvy signing.. Dont need him for most of the year but u got him at a good price for the long run

  3. dkwn36 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    That’s right. Glad to see him back with the spurs.

  4. iceonmypinky85 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Savvy move Spurs – Wait for the news to break then capitalize.

  5. peralez2383 - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I love it, he’s better than most starting point guards, and only San Antonio is good enough for him…GO SPURS GO

  6. smoothaswilkes - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    $4 million per? What a bargain, comparatively speaking. I would imagine after this past season, he’d worth Meeks or even Ben Gordon money.

  7. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Good deal, he’s a good guy.

  8. bknowledge - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I hope Bellinelli steps up in Patty’s absence. Patty was better than Parker against the Miami Heat. Good Luck Spurs!

  9. campcouch - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    A nice move by San Antonio to take a risk and reward an injured free agent for what he’s done, and a smart move by Mills for accepting the offer. Neither party can be sure what the outcome of the surgery will be,but an all around pleasant story.

  10. jimhudson78666 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Maybe the owners and GMs of the other teams throwing obscene amounts of money money @ free agents and recycled coaches should consider the Spurs way? 15 years in a row of 50 wins,and playoffs, 5 Championships and zero
    High dollar prima donnas should tell them something! Has been like Kobe and Dwayne Wade make more than the Spurs starters! Good for Patty! Good day Mate! Go Spurs Go!

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