Patty Mills agrees to 3-year contract with Spurs

Mills to sign contract July 10

Spurs guard Patty Mills shares his thoughts on the team's Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat.
Spurs guard Patty Mills shares his thoughts on the team's Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat.

SAN ANTONIO – After a day of devastating news, Patty Mills finally received something to ease his pain.

Wednesday he agreed to a new three year contract to stay with the San Antonio Spurs.

That's according to Buck Harvey, a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News.

Mills, who was an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NBA career, was heartbroken when he discovered he had suffered a tear to his rotator cuff in his right shoulder sometime during the NBA Finals.

He would need immediate surgery and at least seven months to recover.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the injury was discovered during his physical for the Australia National Team before they were set to compete in the FIBA World Cup for basketball.

Now he won't be able to play any basketball until January at the earliest.

"I've dealt with things before, but not like this," Mills told the Sydney Morning Herald. "It's going to build my character and make me a strong person. I'm going to come out of this more hungry and determined."

The injury would've had an affect on what offers Mills would receive from other teams, but since July 1 reports indicate that the Spurs and Mills were already in talks about a new contract.

ESPN's Marc Stein added that the new contract for the 25-year-old point guard is worth $12 million.

A significant raise when you consider Mills made just over $1.1 million last season with the Spurs while helping lead the team to their fifth NBA Championship, and his first.

Mills can sign his new contract on July 10.

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