The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to re-sign unrestricted free agent point guard Patty Mills to a deal worth $50 million over four years. The contract cannot officially be signed until the end of the NBA’s moratorium period on July 6th.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news just after midnight on Saturday:
Free agent Patty Mills has agreed to a 4-year, $50M deal to stay with San Antonio, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/K9ZzMOnDzR
Patty Mills Agrees to Four-Year Contract With San Antonio Spurs
Mills’ new deal will take him through the end of the 2020-21 season.
Mills averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 assists per game on 41.3 percent from downtown last season for the Spurs. He played in 80 games, starting eight of them in place of Tony Parker. It was Mills’ second consecutive season playing in 80-plus contests, after playing just 51 in the previous season. Mills was a key contributor to San Antonio’s championship squad in 2014, providing valuable production off the bench.
Looking forward, Mills will continue to provide shooting and a steady veteran presence as a backup point guard for San Antonio. He’ll help run the second unit and possibly play some crunch time minutes. Mills may even take the starting job from Parker after many years as a reserve. The Spurs will need Mills to continue his solid play in their efforts to compete for a championship in the 2017-18 season.
Mills is going into his ninth season in the league, during which he’ll be 29 years old. He’s played his past six seasons with the Spurs after starting his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers. Mills has also starred for the Australian national team in international competitions.