Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Mills will count just $6,800,001 against the cap until signed. Then, the Spurs can exceed the cap to re-sign him with Bird Rights. So, San Antonio will likely delay finalizing this deal until conducting other business.
Maybe the Spurs will use that flexibility to sign a better point guard – Kyle Lowry or bust? – but it sure seems they’re handing the reigns to Mills. The 28-year-old Mills has improved as a floor general, and this is a reasonable price for him.
But has he developed enough to be more than sparkplug off the bench? If his indeed headed toward starting long-term for a championship contender, there will be more pressure on Kawhi Leonard, whom the offense usually runs through but is still growing as a distributor himself.