The Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers are two NBA teams that are said to be interested in trading for San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills, according to a report from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
“The Spurs are up to something,” O’Connor writes in his 2020 NBA Draft Guide. “League sources say they’re shopping point guard Patty Mills, with teams such as the Bucks and Sixers expressing interest. A deal with Philadelphia would probably bring back Josh Richardson, league sources say.”
The Spurs are indeed up to something this offseason, as NBA Draft analyst Matt Babcock pointed out in a tweet that was sent out on Wednesday afternoon. According to Babcock, San Antonio is conducting some work “behind the scenes.” Exactly what this work entails is still up for debate, but this report about Mills being a potential trade target would seem to fall in line:
There is a growing sense among NBA circles that the San Antonio Spurs’ front office is currently up to something big behind the scenes.
— Matt Babcock (@MattBabcock11) November 11, 2020
Mills, now 32 years of age, is set to earn roughly $13 million for the 2020-21 season, and he won’t be an unrestricted free agent until after that campaign. The Australian-born ball handler has been with the Spurs since 2012, and he re-signed with the team in 2017, agreeing to the terms of a four-year, $48 million deal.
In his 66 appearances last NBA regular season, Mills racked up averages of 11.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting from the field (38.2 percent from beyond the arc), 1.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds. For the record, his 11.6 points per game were a career-high mark.
The Bucks and Sixers are just two teams that would likely be interested in Mills — if he is indeed available. San Antonio missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997, and the team appears to be exploring their offseason options. Let’s see if a deal involving Mills is in the cards.