Patty Mills has decided to become a free agent, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, a journalist for ESPN. The Australian had the option to continue in the Nets through a player option of 6.2 million dollars, but has chosen to reject it to go out on the market in search of better options.
This, however, does not rule out his continuity in Brooklyn, where he arrived last season after 10 years in San Antonio. The point guard soon became a fundamental piece for Nash’s men, since Irving’s refusal to be vaccinated made him acquire the starting job, in which he performed effectively until Kyrie was back. Mills averaged 11.4 points per game, the second best of his career, after shooting 40% from 3-point range, and was undoubtedly one of the most reliable men in the rotation, although his performance slipped in the playoffs.
While his starting role was more of a circumstantial patch, Mills has shown his ability to be a microwave player off the bench and score points wherever he goes. It is therefore to be expected that he will receive many offers in this free agency, although it is not so clear that these will exceed the amount reflected in his player option. We will see then if his wish was really to sign a higher salary or if, after such a turbulent season, he needed a change of scenery and leave the Nets behind.
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