Spurs free agent Patty Mills has suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out up to seven months, just after winning the NBA title with San Antonio and as he's looking for his first major contract as a free agent. From the Sydney Morning Herald:
A shoulder injury has forced a devastated Patrick Mills to withdraw from Australia's world cup campaign as the NBA championship-winner faces up to seven months out of action.
Fairfax Media can reveal Mills will have surgery in the coming days to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Mills played through pain during the season and scans revealed the wear and tear injury just two weeks after he helped lift the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA title and on the first day of free agency.
Mills is shattered at the news which will see him miss what looms as Australia's best chance to win a medal at a major international tournament.
Mills was set to be one of the better point guards on the market after a strong playoffs performance, averaging seven points and shooting 41 percent from three.
It's a crushing blow for the Australian national team but more so for Mills as he gets set for a major contract. The Spurs are reportedly still interested in signing Mills, but the offers just won't be as significant after this injury.