San Antonio Spurs: Patty Mills To Re-sign, Boris Diaw Next?

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May 31, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) , guard Danny Green (4) and forward Boris Diaw (33) celebrate after a play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half in game six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

No one can dispute the importance of Boris Diaw and Patrick Mills to the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs winning their fifth championship in June. However, Diaw and Mills are both unrestricted agents and did enough the past year to warrant a raise.

The question was, should San Antonio try to re-sign both, one or neither? Surely the Spurs can find another reliable veteran power forward and deadly three-point shooter. Even if they’re not able to replace them with a free agent, San Antonio’s roster is loaded with versatility, so much so if both Boris and Patty leave, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

On Wednesday, however, Mills agreed to re-sign with the Spurs for about $12 million over three years, according to San Antonio Express-News’ Buck Harvey. Now the focus shifts to Diaw and how his future pertains to the Spurs’ plans.

Is X-factor Boris Diaw happy enough in San Antonio to take less money as Patty has done or does Diaw want top dollar from a less desirable team? We can only speculate until those questions and more will be answered in the next few weeks of free agency.

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  • Eduajrdo Gustav

    I thought once Free Agency begins on July 1st, Players still were not able to sign deals until July 8?

    • Tyrone Bowman

      It’s July 10. You’re right about players not able to sign deals until then. Pretty much all they can do is agree verbally via phone. I imagine some players haven’t kept their word over the years. Not sure about teams.

    • Phil Watson

      Free agency starts July 1 in that teams and players can have official negotiations. But the new league year doesn’t start until July 10. The new salary cap is put into place at that point. Teams can also agree to trades during this period, but they can’t become official until the start of the new league year.

      It’s rare, but there have been cases where players changed their mind during the dead period–where they had agreed to a deal and then quietly backed out.