Patty Mills Rumors
But Brooklyn isn’t being complacent ahead of the trade deadline. League sources say the Nets are one of the teams more actively looking for upgrades before the stretch run. Joe Harris ($18.6 million), Seth Curry ($8.5 million), and Patty Mills ($6.5 million) could be involved in trades because of their short-term salaries and the fact that they’ve been playing lesser roles lately.
“So we’re always feeding each other that type of energy and encouragement,” he continued. “From me to him to Kai (Irving) to Cam (Thomas) to Patty (Mills), we’re always talking to each other about ‘look, we need to be more aggressive to look to score the ball.’ I mean, that’s the name of the game, putting the ball in the hoop. So when Ben is aggressive to get downhill and looks for everybody and then puts the ball in the rim, that’s going to be a plus for our team. But I don’t have to tell him this every day. He knows what it is.”
Patty Mills already has witnessed a “night and day different feeling” around the Nets from last season, calling the need for a culture shift “the foundation of all successful championship-winning teams.” A former NBA champ with the Spurs in 2014, the 14-year veteran was credited earlier this week by Nets coach Steve Nash and All-Star teammate Kyrie Irving for his role in helping the team get back on track following a disappointing 2021-22 campaign.
“Look, I believe in all of that stuff,” Mills said earlier this week. “I think that it’s always been a part of who I am and just enjoying being around teammates and getting to know them a lot more. Maybe that comes from my Australian background on the Australian teams, but then to see it at a professional, elite level in San Antonio kind of took that to a whole other level. “But trying to get to be the last team standing or just trying to do everything possible to do that, it starts with those relationships.”
Ben Simmons: “The talent that we have, the type of players that we have we’re going to be able to run the floor. You know we got Nic Claxton who can run, who moves incredibly well. I mean, Kevin Durant, Patty Mills, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris. We just got Royce O’Neale, another great 3-and-D guy. I’m missing people. This team right now is just a great fit for what I do and what I bring to the game….I feel like it’s Philadelphia on steroids in terms of what we had when you (JJ Redick), Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova were there.