Oh, you thought the Boston Celtics were done? Think again. Following a flurry of moves less than 24 hours after a mostly quiet draft, the Celtics now look onto the upcoming free agency class with a reworked roster that by the sound of it, will continue to alter its appearance.
According to the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy, the Celtics are eyeing a reunion between their head coach Ime Udoka and one of his former point guards, Patty Mills.
“Hearing that the Celtics have a list of ‘seven or eight’ free agent targets, including [San Antonio] Spurs point guard Patty Mills,” Murphy tweeted.
The Australian guard appeared in 68 games off the bench for the Spurs last season, averaging 10.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. While he isn’t the youngest guard on the market (32 years old), Mills remains a vaunted sharpshooter from beyond the arc, knocking down 38.8% of his career 3-point attempts.
News of Boston’s interest in Mills comes on the heels of reports that the team is interested in potentially adding yet another prominent free agent point guard, Lonzo Ball. The Celtics are expected to vie for Ball’s services alongside the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Mills, who will be an unrestricted free agent, is coming off a four-year, $48 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout his NBA career, Mills has earned north of $61 million and could theoretically be willing to ink a team-friendly deal if it means guaranteed minutes and another run at a title — something he hasn’t sniffed since 2014. It also doesn’t hurt that he has quite a long history with coach Udoka.