The San Antonio Spurs are fresh off of yet another championship win, and they got more good news this evening. According to a report from Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express, the Spurs and backup point guard Patty Mills have agreed to a three-year contract.
There was some interest in him on the open market, but both the Spurs and Mills made it clear that they wanted to figure out something that would keep him in San Antonio.
— Buck Harvey (@Buck_SA) July 2, 2014
Mills was one of the big pieces for the Spurs during their playoff run last season, and improved dramatically throughout the course of the season. It was very evident that Mills has been learning from Tony Parker, and his future in the NBA is extremely bright.
All that being said, Mills will need to work hard this offseason to come back at full strength from his injury and still improve as a basketball player. This will be his first big contract in his career, and he can’t allow that to stop him from working with a chip on his shoulder.
He played in 81 regular season games last season with the Spurs, starting in only two of those appearances. In those 81 games, he averaged 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game, but also improved his three-point shot and ended up at 42.5 percent on the season. All of that being said, he still needs to improve his playmaking ability for his teammates.
This is a great move for the Spurs to keep one of their better young pieces in town, and Mills also became a fan favorite last season. It showed great maturity for him to pass up other opportunities to stick with San Antonio, and it will be very interesting to see what type of future he has over the next couple of seasons. At just 25 years of age, he has plenty of great basketball ahead of him.