Now that the NBA season is over, we’re going to look at multiple NBA free agents that could potentially land with the Washington Wizards this summer. The Wizards were good enough to make it to the NBA Playoffs, eventually getting bounced out of the semi-finals, but there’s no doubt that they must fill some holes in their roster and free agency is an option to do that.
Free Agent: Patrick Mills
Salary: $1.1 million (via ShamSports)
Basic Stats: 10.2 PPG, 2,1 RPG, 1.8 APG, .43 3P%, .46 FG%
Prior to the beginning of the 2013-2014 NBA season, I don’t think many NBA pundits expected Patty Mills to become a major contributor to a championship team. Fast forward about a year and Mills has become one of the most dynamic backup guards in the NBA. Of course, playing under coach Gregg Popovich certainly couldn’t hurt, but unlike some “scoring guards”, Mills has stuck to what he does best and carved out a big role for himself.
Andre Miller will likely be coming back to Washington next season, but since the Wizards could choose to buy out his contract and pay about half of his $4 million salary, there’s still a possibility that Professor Miller will not be back in a Wizards uniform. With that said, all signs point to Miller being back in the nation’s capital, but that still doesn’t mean the Wizards can’t use some help off the bench.
Washington’s offense tends to struggle when John Wall and Bradley Beal take a breather, and adding a spark off the bench might be something the Wizards choose to do this summer. Averaging over 10 points in under 19 minutes of playing time during the regular season, Mills is capable of scoring in bunches and is exactly what the Wizards need off the bench.
Possibility of Mills signing with the Wizards:
I don’t think the chances are very high. The Wizards won’t have much cap space and backup scoring guards could probably come cheaper than Patty Mills. Although he made just over $1 million this past season, Mills will likely get more as an unrestricted free agent. Championship teams such as the San Antonio Spurs usually keep key pieces around for the following season, and now that Mills has a legitimate role on the team, I can’t see him leaving the Spurs.
It would be nice to get an efficient, energetic, guard like Patty Mills in Washington next season, but I don’t see it happening. The Wizards don’t play as much small ball as they probably should, which would cause Mills to play most of his minutes with the reserves, not allowing him to share the court with John Wall or Bradley Beal. Small guards have made a living by lighting up the Wizards, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they express interest, but I’d be shocked if Patty Mills landed in Washington.