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Mills stays with the Spurs

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The San Antonio Spurs were expected to make a play for Chris Paul. However, that pursuit ended earlier this week when he got traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets.

The Spurs have decided to re-sign free agent point guard Patty Mills to a four-year, $50 million deal.

Patty Mills (Getty Images)

Patty Mills (Getty Images)

The Spurs have a safety net with Mills, as they are not sure what’s going to happen with Tony Parker. The long-time Spurs point guard could retire after suffering a season-ending injury in the playofffs.

Despite being a bench player, Mills was close with Parker in munutes. Parker, if he’s returning, could elect to come off the bench while Greg Popovich makes Mills the new starting point guard.

He has been used an the Spurs “energy” player off of the bench. In his career, he has provided the team with 20-25 minutes off the bench, but the team will have to decide what they’re going to do now.

The 28-year-old spent his first two-years with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Spurs, where he has spent the past six-years. Mills averaged 9.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 0.8 steals in 80 games, including eight starts.

Mills has started 18 games in his 441 career games. His career average is 7.9 points, .5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks.

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