Free agent Patty Mills out up to seven months, including World Cup

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When projecting how much cap space the Spurs could clear for Pau Gasol, I was a little hesitant to even consider San Antonio renouncing Patty Mills. The Spurs could re-sign Matt Bonner and maybe even Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes with the room exception and minimum contracts – the only mechanisms remaining after the free agents were renounced. But that probably wouldn’t be enough to secure Mills.

Though the stat has flaws, Mills actually had more win shares (5.6) than Dwyane Wade, Roy Hibbert and Deron Williams last season.

At minimum the San Antonio point guard, who’s an unrestricted free agent, is intriguing.

Unfortunately, his stock has taken a major hit.

Chris Dutton of The Sydney Morning Herald:

A shoulder injury has forced a devastated Patrick Mills to withdraw from Australia’s world cup campaign as the NBA championship-winner faces up to seven months out of action.

Fairfax Media can reveal Mills will have surgery in the coming days to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Mills ranked No. 38 in Kurt’s list of the top 50 free agents. The Knicks were reportedly interested, but that was before they traded for Jose Calderon. Even if New York’s desire to sign Mills had waned, there would have been other suitors.

Now, I’m not so sure.

Plenty of teams might be willing to sign Mills and then give the 25-year-old time to rehab to full health. But there’s no guarantee he’ll ever return to full health.

This is a serious injury, one that could keep Mills out the first three months of next season. It would be foolish to assume a fully recovery is in order.

It would also be foolish to completely count out Mills. Smart teams will keep their eye on him and request medical records. From there, Mills’ value will be re-established – sadly for him, likely at a lower price point.