After heavily contributing to the San Antonio Spurs‘ convincing victory over Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals, Patty Mills was set to become a widely-targeted free agent. Just hours after free agency began, however, Mills was dealt with horrible news.
Tonight, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Mills will need shoulder surgery and will be out seven months. This news, of course, is also devastating for the Spurs, who will now need to look for other point guard options through free agency. One cheap option would have to be Jordan Farmar, who is now a free agent after appearing in 41 games for the Los Angeles Lakers this past season.
With Mills’ injury, his market value will most likely take a massive hit. With the news, his best option may be staying with the Spurs because San Antonio presents the best chance of winning another NBA Championship. Before the injury, Mills was likely to have the opportunity to possibly land a starting job with a large contract. Now, teams will no longer be calling on Mills’ services for their starting point guard position.
Farmar, who averaged just 22.2 minutes per game with the Lakers, made just over $1 million in 2014. For Farmar’s services, that number is relatively low, considering he has the ability to run the Spurs’ offense behind Tony Parker. He boasts formidable passing ability, as he averaged nearly five assists per game in limited time last season. His three point shooting has also improved greatly since he has been in the league, shooting around 44 percent from deep in his last two NBA seasons.
Farmar presents a plausible option to replace Mills for the time being. Cory Joseph may be a capable backup in limited minutes for Parker, but he has not demonstrated enough for the Spurs to be confident in their lead-guard position. Someone like Farmar should be brought in to shore up the point guard position because Joseph may not be ready for such a large role for the title-contending Spurs.