San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills is expected to be out for seven months after he undergoes surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, according to the Canberra Times. The injury was reportedly discovered during his exit interview and physical with the Spurs. No word on whether it was the result of Mills’ overzealous towel-waving.
The news comes as Mills enters free agency and was due for a contract upgrade, with reports that the Spurs were making plans to offer him as soon as this week. Mills has said he dealt with the injury for much of the season, playing 81 games and appearing in all 23 of the Spurs postseason games despite not knowing the extent of the damage. He still put up 10.2 points and 1.8 assists on 42.5 percent shooting from three, numbers that were expected to draw him competitive offers on the open market.
Now Mills’ preliminary timetable has him sitting through January. The actual length of rehab won’t be officially determined until the surgery is done, but it’s a safe bet that it puts him out of the lineup for the Australian National Team for August’s FIBA Basketball World Cup. Mills has been a mainstay of the team and was planning to helm a lineup that includes Spurs teammate Aron Baynes and No. 5 draft pick, Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum. Australian star and Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut already said he wouldn’t suit up this summer as he nurses injuries that ended his NBA season.