Patty Mills Rumors
A 7-foot leaper, Dedmon took over the job on Jan. 31, 12 days after Pau Gasol fractured his left hand in warmups before a game against Denver. He has played well enough to hold onto it now that Gasol is back. “He brings another dynamic character to the first group,” backup guard Patty Mills said. “That’s good for us, in terms of his energy and enthusiasm.” In the 11 games since Dedmon took over the starting gig, he is averaging 8.1 points and 10.2 rebounds. Though the high-flyer has become a fan favorite with his 46 slam dunks, Dedmon’s presence has been felt most acutely on the defensive end.
Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills still had not replaced the departed Tiago Splitter in what used to be a road foursome. Now they are down to a twosome, while auditioning Diaw replacements as well. “We are exploring our options,” said Ginobili, mentioning Gasol and rookies Davis Bertans and Nico Laprovittola as potential successors. “Boris is hard to replace, for sure.”
06 Nov 13
The NBL has lost its most marketable and dynamic player, with NBA star Patty Mills leaving the Melbourne Tigers immediately to take up a contract with a Chinese club. Since linking with the Tigers during the NBA lockout, Mills has sparked an unprecedented interest in the competition while being the catalyst for Melbourne’s 6-3 start.
The Portland Trail Blazer had a get out clause that allowed him to return to the NBA or accept a better offer. “He will fly out tonight,” Melbourne coach Trevor Gleeson told AAP on Sunday night. “But we wish him well and we’ll never hold back a player when he gets a good offer like that.”