Updates from Thursday, July 3
Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press reports an update on Mills' surgery:
Patty Mills had surgery to repair torn right rotator cuff today, person with knowledge of details says. No timetable for return.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) July 3, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News reports that Mills will remain a Spur:
Just hours into the free-agency period that promised to land him his first big NBA contract, a report revealed point guard Patty Mills will undergo a shoulder surgery that's expected to keep him out of commission for the next seven months.
Mills played through most of the 2013-14 season while dealing with right shoulder pain. He was heavily bandaged at points throughout the campaign, though he did play in 81 of the San Antonio Spurs' regular-season games and appeared in all 23 playoff contests. Chris Dutton of the The Canberra Times reported Tuesday that Mills' exit physical in San Antonio revealed a torn rotator cuff.
Patty Mills says: "it was a shock, but I knew something was wrong with my shoulder. I had pain during the season."— Chris Dutton (@BlockaDutton) July 2, 2014
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski notes that the return may take longer than expected:
After surgery to repair torn rotator cuff, Patty Mills will likely be out until March, sources tell Yahoo. Spurs still want to re-sign him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
ESPN's Mark Stein has more:
Strong likelihood, I'm told, is Patty Mills re-signing w/San Antonio & taking 'til January to recover. Firmer diagnosis to come post-surgery— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2014
He is expected to undergo surgery to fix the issues within a few days. The injury will not only cost Mills a chance to build on his 2012 Olympic performance for Australia at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but it may also greatly depress what looked like a burgeoning free-agent market.
Working as Tony Parker's primary backup, Mills averaged 10.2 points and 1.8 assists this season while shooting a sterling 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. Even though he averaged 18.9 minutes per game in the regular season and broke the 20-minute plateau just twice in the playoffs, teams coveted the 25-year-old's shot-making ability and viewed him as a potential starter.