Spurs quick to replace Patty Mills with Australian MVP
After losing 32-year old Australian guard Patty Mills on a 2-year $12M deal to the Brooklyn Nets, the San Antonio Spurs were quick to add another Aussie to their team.
The Spurs have signed 2021 NBL Grand Final MVP Jock Landale on a two-year deal, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 4, 2021
Last season with Melbourne United, Landale averaged 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 27.6 minutes per game.
The Spurs’ new center played college ball at St. Mary’s and has played for the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League after going undrafted in 2018.
The 25-year-old Landale is currently playing for Australia in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is a crucial piece for the Boomers’ quest for the gold medal as he is currently putting up 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists alongside stars Mills and Joe Ingles.
Ingles, the Utah Jazz forward, could not contain his excitement as he tweeted his emotions out after hearing the news on Landale.
So pumped for @JockLandale!!!
Congrats brother 👊🏻
— Joe Ingles (@Joeingles7) August 4, 2021
Jock Landale would be a solid addition for the Spurs next season. He is expected to come off the bench and provide a spark behind fellow international big Jakob Poeltl. The Spurs could certainly use his three-point accuracy as he is a sweet-shooting pivot who can stretch the floor.
It would be exciting to see him in a Spurs uniform in his first NBA season. Now, it’s interesting to see what the Spurs will do next in free agency.