is dead on about this: there has been a lot of confusion regarding Patty Mills' contract situation. Judging by some hesitancy during scout Q & A sessions after Summer League practices last week, that confusion isn't limited to fans and media only. Barrett clears it up
It's been said that Patty is completely unrestricted, and could sign with another team, even today, if he wanted. That's not actually the case. Mills has been given a qualifying offer by the Trail Blazers, but hasn't signed it yet. That's not usual, but it does make him, essentially, a restricted free agent. This qualifying offer is a non-guaranteed contract, so he's basically in the same situation that he was last summer. He'd have to make the team to get a guaranteed, or partially-guaranteed contract.
The plan right now is, Patty will come to training camp and compete for a spot. What could change all of this, is if he were to get a guaranteed offer from another team. Obviously, that's what Patty would love to have happen. He wants to be in Portland, and could force the team's hand if he can play well enough to get an offer from someone else.
While his first two games have drawn great reviews, Mills is still seen by a number of people I've talked to as a questionable NBA prospect. Scouts tend to like his game (and love
certain parts of his game) but still have underlying questions about whether he is an NBA point guard. Barring a major shakeup at the one, I still think it's in Mills's best interests to find a new spot where he can find playing time and continue to develop.
Barrett also makes a point regarding Wesley Matthews that was mentioned by Ross Siler
of the Salt Lake City Tribune
last night on twitter
: Utah must decide what to do with both Matthews and cheaper center Kyrylo Fesenko, and it's difficult to imagine they'll keep both.
For what it's worth, the Matthews media speculation yesterday was nearly uniform: he will be a Portland Trail Blazer.
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