The San Antonio Spurs may very well have a new starting point guard. After striking out on the likes of Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry, San Antonio has re-signed Patty Mills to a four-year, $50 million contract.
Based on the terms of the deal, it seems logical to suggest that Mills will take over for free agent Tony Parker as the team's starting point guard. And while Parker might return in a reduced role, San Antonio isn't paying Mills $12-plus million annually to come off the bench.
It's an interesting dynamic to look at from a fantasy perspective. Mills averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 assists while playing under 22 minutes per game last season. We can fully expect his usage rate to go up to nearly 30 minutes per outing this upcoming season. If that's the case, he's surely an intriguing depth option in the fake basketball world.
The issue here is that Mills didn't show well with Parker injured in the playoffs. He shot at just a 41 percent clip and averaged an absurdly low 2.7 assists per game. That's surely not what Gregg Popovich wants in his starting point guard.
For Mills, it's likely more of a wait-and-see approach. Pop has proven to be loyal to his vets, so he might very well give Parker an opportunity for more minutes. It's something to pay attention to early in the season before adding Mills as a waiver option or relying on him as a value play in the DFS community.