Mills said the Nets made recruiting him a team effort, but he singled out the basketball junkie talk with Durant at the Olympics. “The conversation I had with Kevin was so pure and so genuine, being able to understand that he’s such a true pure hooper, and to go back-and-forth about basketball specifics,” Mills said. “It’s exciting for me to know there’s an opportunity there for me to try to be who I am.
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“I think it was an opportunity for me to turn the page on a new chapter,” Mills said on Thursday. “And speaking about Brooklyn, and everything that I’ve learned — on the court, off the court — the culture of the city I think it was something that was very attractive to me and my wife. “So to be able to make a next step I guess in our life was very exciting for us. The familiar faces around the organization are something that was very comfortable as well, especially for my wife.”
Before retiring in 2015, Nash was Mills’ favorite player to compete against and that helped establish a relationship. “His style of play will fit seamlessly in with how Steve is running things and with the group, and honestly what our needs are, both offensively and defensively,” Marks said. “I don’t think people realize how good a defender Patty can be. I mean, he’s a gnat, he’s a pain out there, he’s going to get up and people, you know, when you’ve got a guy like that, who’s in elite shape at all times, he can impact the damage both into the court.”
Adam Zagoria: The Nets officially announced the signing of Patty Mills.
Marc Stein: Patty Mills chooses the Nets over the Lakers, @espn says
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent G Patty Mills has agreed to a two-year, $12M deal with the Brooklyn Nets, his agent Steven Heumann of @CAA_Basketball tells ESPN. Deal includes a player option.
Wes Goldberg: Warriors still have the full MLE, and have one need left: Veteran point guard. Patty Mills is still available and both sides are said to have interest.
Sources say the Warriors have hope with free-agent guard Patty Mills, the long-time Spurs reserve. He figures to be one of those difference-making fits. At 32, with a championship ring, 90 career playoff games and noteworthy international experience, Mills checks the veteran box. The Warriors could use his shot-making and offensive creation.
Marc Stein: Another free-agent duel of interest: Carmelo Anthony is weighing interest from both the Lakers and the Knicks, league sources say. And Golden State has joined the Lakers and Nets in the Patty Mills chase, according to @anthonyVslater More: marcstein.Substack.com
Jordan Schultz: New info on a few rumors I’ve seen floating around: Neither Spencer Dinwiddie or Norman Powell to the #Mavs will happen. Patty Mills to the #Nets is not very likely, with league sources saying both the #Lakers and #Warriors are making a run at the long time #Spurs vet.
Adam Himmelsbach: Some Cs intel I’m hearing as free agency rolls on: -Fournier’s return still quite unlikely -Marcus Smart isn’t going anywhere -Cs could be priced out on Jeff Green -Otto Porter/Patty Mills possible -Cs remain focused on maintaining flexibility -IT return not in cards
The Lakers, and Iguodala’s former agent Rob Pelinka, are said to be interested in the veteran wing as well. The Lakers have also been linked to Patty Mills, although his market would appear to be more robust than the veteran minimum spots they have to offer.
Would DeRozan realistically consider a pay cut that steep this late in his career? Constructing a sign-and-trade is another avenue but also difficult. I’d be curious to see whether the Clippers would consider placing themselves under a hard cap that would be triggered by a sign-and-trade. BT: The Lakers need shooting. One name that is coming up is Patty Mills. He can shoot the lights out and would be great off the bench. Wayne Ellington is another shooter who has interest in rejoining the Lakers. Trevor Ariza and Andre Iguodala are veteran wings who are candidates.
Mike Finger: Had a nice conversation with Patty Mills about the 2014 “Beautiful Game” Spurs and his currently rolling Boomers. As for whether he’ll have a new NBA contract by the time we see him again Tuesday? “That’s kept in the inner circle,” he said. “In the Australian trenches.”
Mark Murphy: Hearing that the Celtics have a list of “seven or eight” free agent targets, including Spurs point guard Patty Mills. … Discussions between team and Evan Fournier are ongoing, but not close to resolution.
Paul Garcia: Patty back. The Spurs have officially re-signed Patty Mills: thesportsdaily.com/project-spurs/… #GoSpursGo #Bala pic.twitter.com/E4Vn2htPSd
Free agent Patty Mills has agreed to a 4-year, $50M deal to stay with San Antonio, league sources tell ESPN.
Tom Orsborn: More from Pop on Patty: “He’s been fantastic. He’s going to have 94 teams after him (in free agency). He’s just a special competitor.”
Spurs backup point guard Patty Mills is in a contract season, but he insists he isn’t giving much thought to whether he will make or lose a fortune. “The feeling isn’t any different than any other year,” he said. “My mindset is purely focused on this season and where we want to be. Nothing has changed.”
If he keeps it up, Mills, could wind up with a nice boost in salary beyond the $3.57 million he’s set to earn this season. “He is a Spur,” Green said. “I don’t see us letting him get away, but we will worry about that at the end of the season.”
You will be a free agent next offseason. How much will the opportunity to be a starter influence your decision on where to play? Patrick Mills: It’s a factor that I can’t ignore. I’ve obviously wanted to be a starting point guard in the NBA for a long time as a goal. But you know, every situation is different, and I’ve learned stuff along the way. I think I’m a better point guard now than I was when I first came to San Antonio. That credit goes to the environment here and how I’ve been able to develop my game. That’s something that I’m going to have to consider. It’s not the be-all and end-all of my decision, but we’ll see when it comes. This is obviously a big year for our team and trying to be able to concentrate and stay focused team-wise on trying to get to that next level of a championship. But if I can concentrate and focus on this team and what I can do to help this team, I think everything else will take care of itself.
You’re a long way from the end of your career, but would you have interest in playing in the Australian NBL (National Basketball League) when you’re done competing in the NBA? Patrick Mills: It’s definitely a consideration — especially how well the NBL is doing now. They have my full backing and support, because the league has definitely risen to a whole other level in the last couple years, which is pleasing to see. I definitely would consider playing back in Australia at the end of my career. Not a lot of my family have been able to come over [to the U.S.] and watch me play. To be able to play in front of family and friends is very important to me, [so they could] be able to see me play live and not just on TV.
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Towns received treatment at an area hospital, then quarantined at home for the next few weeks, isolated from friends and family. Basketball had been the closest thing in his life to an outlet. Now, by himself, he had no choice but to confront the pain that followed his mother’s sudden death. “I’ve had a lot of situations this year where things were just too much for me,” Towns says. “I just remember [quarantining] in the house, and it was more than just COVID for me. I felt like I was going through a holistic journey.”
A high-calorie diet eventually solved his weight problem. But that night inside Quicken Loans Arena, in the same building with so many people for the first time since he was able to leave his house, anxiety enveloped Towns on the bench. When the first quarter ended he texted his agent: “I can’t be out here anymore. I can’t do this.” He rushed back to the locker room, where Minnesota’s head equipment manager Peter Warden asked if everything was O.K.
“I felt like everything was an open-ended sentence, you know? There was no closure. There was no period at the end,” he says. “I just kept running on and running on and running on, but I never really got to where I needed to go to end a conversation.”
There were days when being around teammates carried him. Basketball felt like it could provide a blip of relief. There were others when he thought about stepping away and giving himself space to mourn. “[My mother] made basketball fun for me my whole entire life,” Towns says. “She made it where I wanted to even do this. So for me, I was like, [There’s] too much on my mind. I’m not, I can’t, nah, I can’t.”
“That money s— don’t mean s— to me,” he says. “Time is the real thing we losing every day. I just really didn’t think I could play the game of basketball the way I want to represent myself in the NBA. I didn’t want to represent myself in a bad way. There’d be a lot of times we’d play a game. Game’s over. And I’m not even in there. I’m doing my own thing. I’m in the bathroom looking at myself, wondering if this is the man that I really think I am. I had 40. I’m still not happy with the man I see in the mirror. I’m still dealing with a lot of s—.”