The return of Patty Mills to the Spurs is now official
Patty Mills is back. The Spurs announced on Friday that the team officially re-signed Mills. If you haven’t picked up a pattern the last couple of days, the Spurs did not release specifics of the contract.
“Patty came in and impressed us from the moment he joined us last season,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “He gives us some added depth at the guard position and we are excited to have him back in San Antonio.”
As Graydon and I talked about on this week’s podcast, I think the Spurs not having a reliable, true backup point guard hurt more than most of us thought when TJ Ford retired. While Mills had some familiarity with the offense through his time with San Antonio assistant coach Brett Brown and the Australian National Team, it obviously wasn’t enough to earn Coach Pop’s trust come playoff time.
Having a full training camp, preseason and long regular season chock full of minutes backing-up Tony Parker should be enough to get Patty comfortable in his role with the team and his place in Pop’s system. Where Nando De Colo, expected to be announced soon, and Gary Neal fit into that system this season, remains to be seen. But that’s a conversation for another day.
We also get to continue the battle of who can be the better bench cheerleader between Patty and Stephen Jackson. Part II: This Time It’s Personal.