As the San Antonio Spurs continue to prepare for another championship run, questions have surrounded the possible departure of Patty Mills, an unrestricted free agent this summer. But rumors are swirling in the Alamo City that an injury could keep possible suitors from being interested the spark plug with a quick trigger.
According to a source close to the team, doctors found an injury to Mills’ shoulder that will most likely require surgery. The injury is thought to be a tear of some kind but has not been 100 percent confirmed. If Mills’ injury does in fact require surgery, this will be a major blow to his stock on the free agent market.
After his 10.2 points per game average in the 2014 NBA Finals, not to mention his Game 5 performance of 17 points, Mills was seen in a different light compared to a year ago. As a spectator on the bench, Mills could only watch the Spurs’ horrifying finale to last season. His consistent contribution all season was a big reason why San Antonio was able to grab the best record in the regular season and the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs.
With the news that Tim Duncan is choosing to come back for the last year on his contract, the Spurs are in prime position to repeat. The extent of Mills’ injury is not clear yet, but it is sure to have an impact on the Spurs in one way or another. If the injury causes Mills to stay in the black and silver because of less market attention, the Spurs could use his service. If he stays and the injury alters his game, the Spurs may not be as dangerous from the perimeter. Only time will tell what is to come for the Spurs and the fearless wonder from down-under.