Orlando Magic Should Explore Courting Patty Mills
During the NBA Finals I dubbed the San Antonio Spurs reserve point guard Patty Mills “The Miami Strangler.” It was a fitting name for Mills, because every time it seemed like the Miami Heat would make a comeback, Mills drilled big shots that deflated the already tired-looking Heat. Mills, along with superstar in the making Kawhi Leonard, change the complexion of the series and was the driving force behind delivering the Spurs their fifth NBA championship.
The bad news for the Spurs is that with great success comes high reward, and with Mills scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, there will be many teams in the league that will wine and dine the guard in hopes of acquiring his services.
One of those teams should be the Orlando Magic.
The Magic heads into the offseason in desperate need of a point guard that can run the team and provide a scoring lift. Orlando lacked both last season, and the end result was an offense that was — to put it in the best of terms — lethargic.
Mills could change all of that. He would pair up quite will with Victor Oladipo in the backcourt, a freakishly athletic lineup that likes to run and gun. And with a coach that is a direct disciple of Gregg Popovich, Mills would not be too far removed from the system that has brought him so much success in the Alamo City.
Of course there are some issues. Mills can be prone to turn the ball over and get shot-happy, but the rewards certainly outweighs the risk. With the Magic indicating that they are targeting bargain players this offseason, wining and dining Mills would certainly not be a bad idea.