Coming off a NBA Finals performance that was sure to boost his free agency stock, Patty Mills may be unable to reap the benefits thanks to a shoulder injury that willl force the Australian guard to sit for seven months.
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 played through pain during the season and scans revealed the wear and tear injury just two weeks after he helped lift the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA title and on the first day of free agency.
Against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Mills averaged 10.2 points, shooting 50-plus percent from both the field and from three. Like Gary Neal before him, a Spurs guard who performed above normal standards in the Finals, Mills was expected to net a hefty contract in free agency, but a shoulder injury now throws that thought into question.
Since being drafted, Mills have never been a typical point guard. At his best, he’s a microwave guard off the bench made from the same mold as Jamal Crawford and J.R. Smith, except he’s more under control thanks to the guidance of Gregg Popovich. If a NBA team expects Mills to come in and effectively run an offense as the starting guard, they’ll be highly disappointed.
Mills was never expected to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs solely because of the rise in his market value, but if teams are afraid to go all-in in Mills, the window for return may have opened up for the Aussie guard.