This summer, Patty Mills made a massive decision to join the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference.
The Australian native and 33-year-old veteran agreed to a two-year, $12MM contract with the Nets, effectively ending his decade-long journey with the San Antonio Spurs.
In the 2020-2021 NBA season, Mills averaged 10.8 PPG, 2.4 APG, and 24.8 MPG in 68 games.
In the past three seasons, Mills shot over 40% on catch-and-shoot 3s, which definitely adds more offensive firepower for the Nets. Mills will likely get more open shots playing with star shooters like Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Joe Harris.
When asked about why Mills signed with the Nets, the veteran responded:
“Being in the NBA for a few years now. Being in San Antonio for 10 of those seasons … I think it was an opportunity for me to turn the page of a new chapter. Speaking about Brooklyn, you know everything that I’ve learned, on the court and off the court. The culture of the city, I think was something that was very attractive to me — I’m a culture guy.”
Another major deciding factor in Mills’ decision was his conversation with Kevin Durant:
“The conversation that I had with Kevin was so pure and so genuine. Being able to understand that he’s such a pure hooper — It was exciting for me to know that there’s an opportunity there for me to try to be who I am like I am in the National team.”
Rumors that his long-time head coach also influenced mills in San Antonio, Greg Popovich, were also recently confirmed by ESPN’s Malika Andrews.
Patty Mills said that it was a group recruiting effort in getting him to Brooklyn. He adds that a key free agency conversation for him was with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 26, 2021
Mills has mentioned that his competitive fire always welcomes the spotlight and big moments, making the champion-favorites the perfect landing spot for Mills.
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