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Blazers G Patty Mills Signs With Melbourne Tigers In Australia

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Grantley Bernard of the Melbourne Herald Sun reports that the Melbourne Tigers of Australia's National Basketball League might soon be announcing the signing of Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills. --------------------- Melbourne Tigers will confirm one of the NBL's greatest recruiting coups with the signing of Boomers guard Patty Mills. Coming off two seasons with the Portland Trailblazers, free-agent Mills is available to the Tigers because of the NBA lockout that could cancel the season. While Mills has an offer on the table from Portland and likely will return to the NBA if the lockout ends, the Tigers are keen meanwhile to cash in on the availability of the lightning fast guard. No official comment was available from the Tigers, but they have scheduled a media conference for a significant announcement at 11am today. --------------------- Update: The Associated Press reports that Mills has signed a one-year deal with Melbourne that includes an NBA out clause. --------------------- Basketball Australia chief executive Larry Sengstock said in a statement Monday that Mills had turned down more lucrative offers from European teams to play in Australia. The Tigers said on the team’s website that Mills’ contract includes an "NBA out" clause which allows him to return to the Trail Blazers should the lockout conclude before the end of the NBL season next March. The season begins on Oct. 7. --------------------- In early August, Mills was linked to Anadolu Efes of Turkey but he later shot down those rumors and said he had not yet made a decision. The Blazers tendered a Qualifying Offer to Mills prior to the beginning of the lockout. Hat tip: Mookie Schiralli at A Stern Warning here. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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