After a week and a half of rumors, reports and visa issues the San Antonio Spurs officially announced the signing of former Portland Trailblazers guard Patty Mills Tuesday. Mills will wear number eight and is not only already with the team, but is also expected to be in the Spurs lineup when they play the Suns tonight.
Mills is six feet tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He played with Portland the last two seasons and then played in the National Basketball League of Australia before playing with the Xinjian Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. A quick aside, I really want a Xinjian Flying Tigers jersey. Mills' is a score first point guard, so he lines right up with what the Spurs look for in a point guard.
For an in depth look what the Spurs got in Mills, check out this interview Jeff Garcia did with our Aussie mate Mookie Schiralli of A Stern Warning.
In case you're wondering, this is what the Spurs depth chart looks like right now:
PG: Tony Parker, Gary Neal, Patty Mills, Justin Dentmon (likely going back to Austin)
SG: Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, James Anderson
SF: Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Jackson
PF: Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw
C: DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter
If Mills can adjust to the Spurs style quickly, they'll have plenty of depth to get them in to the postseason as the number two seed with everyone rested and hopefully healthy.
Justin Denrmon has a very short stint with spurs. With Mills in the lineup he has to return to the toros. Hope he gets an invite in the summer league.
I liked Dentmon a heck of a lot more than Joseph, I would like to see Justin get a shot over the summer with the Spurs. I can't even express my utter disgust with Corey.
On another note, our depth chart is pretty dang impressive. I wonder if Pop is going to go down to his typical 8 man rotation for the playoffs, he's got a lot of tools in the bag this year.
Probably send Dentmon back to Austin now. Would like to see Dawson come back up. At 6'9", 250 lbs atlease he could knock a few folks around under the basket and gives us another 6 fouls to use.