Back in March, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was asked by reporters why backup point guard Patty Mills—fresh off another solid performance—hadn’t played at this level during previous seasons.
The resulting answer, via the San Antonio Express-News’ Dan McCarney, was classic Pop:
“He was a little fat a**,” Popovich deadpanned. “He had too much junk in the trunk.”
Playful potshot out of the way, the Spurs skipper elaborated a bit on the basketball front:
His decision making wasn’t great, and he wasn’t in great shape. He changed his entire body. He came back svelte and cut and understood you have to make better decisions, point-guard type decisions. He did all those things better and he earned it.
Mills was spectacular during San Antonio’s convincing five-game win over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, tallying 31 combined points in Games 4 and 5 and solidifying his place among the league’s elite backup point guards.
In so doing, the Australian national further emerged as a hot free-agent commodity heading into the summer. And while the Spurs will indeed be in play for his services, Mills is bound to have a bevy of suitors.
We’ve complied the 10 best potential landing spots for Mills—teams with the cap room or the positional need to make him an offer that not even a repeat run with the defending champs can trump.