Patty Mills was a feel-good story on a team full of them last season in San Antonio. The Australian guard had a breakout year, rededicating himself to conditioning and flourishing in a Spurs system that relied upon him for offensive scoring punch off the bench. After averaging 10.2 points and helping the Spurs win the championship, Mills figured to cash in on the open market. The injury did nothing to deter the Spurs, who re-signed him on Saturday.
Australian guard Patty Mills will be back to help the San Antonio Spurs defend their NBA title next season after signing a new contract Saturday. The 25-year-old from Canberra played a key reserve role for the Spurs, who defeated the Miami Heat in last month's NBA Finals. While no terms of the deal were officially released, multiple reports said Mills received a three-year contract worth about $12 million. Mills scored 10.2 points, grabbed 2.1 rebounds and passed off 1.8 assists over 81 games last season, helping San Antonio's bench lead all NBA reserve units with 45.1 points a game.
While the rest of the NBA world waits in limbo for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to decide where they are going to play next season, the San Antonio Spurs just keep quietly making sure the band is getting back together for a run at a second straight title. In the middle of the James hysteria on Wednesday, the Spurs issued a two-sentence press release announcing that coach Gregg Popovich had agreed to a multi-year contract extension. After beating the Miami Heat for the franchise's fifth championship last month, the Spurs quickly found out that Tim Duncan would indeed return next season. Deals with Patty Mills and Boris Diaw ensured that the roster would remain largely intact, so there was little doubt that the 65-year-old Popovich would return for a 19th season on the Spurs bench.