What role would Patty Mills play on the Knicks?

Keith Schlosser

The Knicks are expected to put forth an effort to upgrade the point guard position this summer, and reportedly have recently crowned NBA champion Patty Mills in their sights.

Why would a key member of arguably the best organization in The Association want to go elsewhere? For starters,  New York could offer a more lucrative contract (the team will be shopping for a floor general using the mini mid-level exception worth approximately $3.2 million) and an increased role while playing on the Big Apple stage.

All of this would seem to be attractive to Mills, the 25 year old sharpshooter. In addition to playing a key role off the bench for San Antonio this past season, he’s also been a star of Olympic competition for Australia over the years. A true gunner from all around the perimeter, Mills is not one to shy away from rather big moments. Instead, he happens to thrive in them.

Still, one has to wonder if Mills would be equally as effective, should a team like the Knicks look to depend on him a bit more. How much can his most recent success be accredited to the way the Spurs play in San Antonio? Is he simply a stellar product of an unique system?

Should he sign with the Knicks, Mills would be expected to play more minutes while running the offense a bit more as well. Though the youngster is used to providing an offensive spark off the bench, he’d also be tasked with getting his teammates involved in New York. Whether he’d be able to handle such a transition remains to be seen.

That said, Mills’ individual scoring prowess would undoubtedly still be a welcomed bonus. As J.R. Smith struggled early on and Amar’e Stoudemire took a while to find his rhythm, the Knicks had difficulty finding a secondary scorer next to Carmelo Anthony this past season.

Of course, New York is looking to reel in another floor general as an upgrade to Raymond Felton, who had a rather underwhelming campaign this past year in his own right. Having said that, his legal troubles aside, the Knicks’ guard still has a rather reasonable contract. He’s set to make under $4 million next season.

Phil Jackson will reportedly look to trade Felton this summer, but perhaps it’d be worth keeping him around. At his current contract, he wouldn’t exactly be overpaid as a backup. What’s more, holding on to Felton would seemingly take some pressure off of Mills. This would give new coach Derek Fisher the flexibility of starting either one, but perhaps still playing Mills down the stretch in the fourth quarter, either way.




481 comments
hashburry
hashburry

Mills was interviewed on the sports radio station in San Fran.  Looks to be interested in playing for Golden State.  Also looks more and more like they'll get Love.

therealprof
therealprof

OT, but this Embiid injury really screwed up the 76ers master plan. Chad Ford had them picking Wiggins with #3 and Randle with #10. I think that #10 is pretty high for a talent like Randle, but when I hear foot trouble, I think of Greg Oden. Now with Embiid likely to slide, the Cavs are almost certainly picking Wiggins and Jabari Parker is destined to be the next Glen "Big Dog" Robinson in Milwaukee, I dont think Exum is a great fit next to MCW considering their similarities and need to have the ball in their hands. Embiid doesn't fit for them either, because Noel is already at the 5, what do you do if you are the 76ers right now? I would be on the phone with Minnesota if I am them. Thad Young the #3 and #10 picks would be an impressive haul for K-Love, IMO. They could, theoretically, end up with 3 rock solid contributors that are all young and promising. 

knick4life
knick4life

Does Patty Mills work in the triangle? Does Felton? Also mills plays with such energy you have to wonder how that will translate to 30 min/game. You also probably want a bigger backup for defensive purposes than Felton.

lobcity1
lobcity1

The Knicks eff up when they let go Riley but they have Phil now. Guys like Phil does not come around often and if Melo doesn't want to take advantage of having him by his side then he is crazy. Phil, Riley, Carlisle, Pop are simply the best in basketball right now.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Holy crap, the lakers worked out chris smith. LOL.

Kobe must be thrilled.Seth Rosenthal @seth_rosenthal · 5m

Been sitting here for 10 minutes just waiting until Drew saw that RT @DrewGarrisonSBN: The Lakers worked out Chris Smith? CHRIS SMITH?!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

I don't want Love anyway.  Seems fragile imo.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

One team we won't have to worry about if they hire Baldy. LOL!

brookdon
brookdon

From NY to LA, not bad Mike!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK 

Hairston will probably go in the 19-23 range.That might be a tough trade to pull off.

therealprof
therealprof

@OLDKNICK I like Hairston, he can fill it up and young enough to take coaching. He has made mistakes and buckled down to tear up the D-League, he could be a steal. I wonder who will be sacrificed at the altar for this pick... 

C0P0
C0P0

@OLDKNICK All gloom and doom. I feel like the Phoenix. Knicks will rise out the ashes and absolutely destroy teams in two years. They think The Spurs were something, watch the machine The Knicks will become under Fish and Jackson.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

@OLDKNICK just another blog that some dude put up.  I checked the domain age, and authority....no long standing domain age or authority.   In otherwords, carries no weight.  

1harris1
1harris1

@OLDKNICK  Seems like a writer with an obvious anti-Knick agenda.  Plenty of those around.  lol

1harris1
1harris1

@JesusBlasTheKnickWay  Seems like we know where you're casting your vote, given the jersey you're showing him in.  lol.


I voted that Melo chooses the same team he's played for during the last three plus seasons.


Looks like a cool site.  Good luck with it.


1harris1
1harris1

@knicks1  Too much from the standpoint that Minnesota has to trade Love, so why give up more than necessary?  Or too much insofar as the talent GSW is giving back?


If it weren't for Love's contract status, the T'Wolves wouldn't think two seconds about making this trade. A lot of teams are reportedly pursuing Love.  I think it's definitely a worthwhile trade for the Dubs. 

brookdon
brookdon

I don't. It's a steal from GS's perspective.

knick4life
knick4life

Minn should ask for Gallo instead of Will and another 1st.

brookdon
brookdon

lol Love is NOT resigning in Denver.

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

Very true. Melo just needs to Let the Rhythm hit 'em, and just Follow the Leader. Phil is President. And if he came back to the Garden he'd definitely Make 'em Clap to this.

BTW nice Avatar lol

knickfan2
knickfan2

Chris Smith: Hey what's up Kobe!

Kobe: Don't talk to me until you've got more accolades under your belt.

RivDim
RivDim

His value just increased significantly in the mind of some knick "fans".

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@1harris1 You're not just giving up talent. You're giving up chemistry, and heart.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Thanks. Your post was even nicer. Cool way you put that together lol

1harris1
1harris1

@Knicks_Fanatic @orlando_knickfan  Did he really?  I missed that.


Remember the game where he score 25 plus in one game for the Erie Bayhawks last year? I remember Tommy Dee on Twitter that night saying "the kid can play".  lmao!

1harris1
1harris1

@thatsagoodpoint  LOL.  No, you're right.  But let's be honest, even if the Knicks were good, there are those who will always be negative about the 'bockers.  Comes with the territory.


Of course, they make it pretty easy, so ............

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@knicks1 kobe was ready to be traded to Chicago once before.  If he doesnt think Jim Buss can get it done he's gonna want out.     Kobe aint just collecting a check.  he wants to compete

therealprof
therealprof

@Sandro Guedes @therealprof @Scott Berger-Felder I didnt watch him too much this last season, so I'll take your word for it. I think they would be better off with Exum or Smart, but it appears they actually like Brandon Knight, so who knows. I always get super hyped up around draft time, its really my favorite time of the year besides the playoffs. Its too bad the Knicks almost never have a pick. Here's to another draft night with my fingers crossed that the Knicks actually make a move. 

brookdon
brookdon

We have had 4 winning seasons the last 5 years and are a year removed from 54. Haven't been good isn't a fair statement.

therealprof
therealprof

@Sandro Guedes @therealprof @Scott Berger-Felder I am the same way with draft night. About Knight, I guess he is a 2, but at 6'3" he is undersized, IMO, and really not that good. I like Henson's energy and length, but not much else. I will no longer spend any time pondering the Buck's future, I am much more intrigued by what is going on in Philly. With both the 3 and 10, MCW and Noel in the fold, and Thad Young if they choose to keep him, they are looking like they might be really good in 2 years. That 3 and 10 could be Wiggins and Randle/Gordon, which dramatically improves their team going forward.