Shannon Brown has fallen out of the Suns' rotation completely for the past several games, and he has been having a very poor season since the team re-signed him to a two-year deal in July.
Right now, Brown averages 11.2 points per game. However, he is shooting 42 percent from the field along with a career-low 27 percent from three-point range.
Brown was mostly productive in his first season with the Suns, but he was always known to take ill-advised shots; he would lose just as many games with poor shot selection as he won with clutch shooting.
But after saving cap space by cutting Brown lose, the Suns would have to pick up another point guard, especially after missing out on Kendall Marshall in the draft. Sebastian Telfair is a decent backup, but there were much better bargains available.
For example: Enter Patty Mills, the 24-year-old Australian point guard who signed just a two-year, $2.2 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs in July. That is a great bargain.
With the emergence of Nando De Colo, Patty Mills has not received much playing time this season. In fact, he's only playing 10 minutes a game. But he is only in his fourth season, and after his performance last year in San Antonio, it looks like he does have the potential to be a great backup point guard.
Mills only played 16 games for the Spurs last season, but he was fantastic. He remained a free agent until late March of 2012, but then averaged 10.3 points and 2.4 assists in just 16.3 minutes per game for the rest of the season. That is 22.8 points per 36 minutes. Mills also shot 49 percent from the field and 43 percent from deep.
Sixteen games is a very small sample, and Mills was only decent in his two years with the Portland Trail Blazers. But even so, the 55th overall pick of the 2009 draft has talent. He's an above-average defender, he has shot 38 percent from behind the arc for his career and he is one of the fastest players in the NBA despite only being a reserve.
He isn't a great playmaker, but Mills could instantly make an impact for the Suns as a spark plug off the bench. With a little bit of luck, maybe he could even develop into a great player.