33 Year Old NBA Star, Who Was Recruited by Kevin Durant to Cause “Problems” to Jayson Tatum’s Celtics, Declines $6.2 Million in a Bizarre Decision

Published 06/30/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

Last year in the Olympics, Kevin Durant and Team USA won the gold medal despite having some heavy doubts. After winning the gold medal, Durant made a bold statement that an Australian player would cause Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics problems. And now that same player is now leaving the Brooklyn Nets.

Patty Mills is an Australian-born NBA player who has played in the league for 13 seasons. He is also a former NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs. Mills has played the majority of his career off the bench and he has been solid through the years. He is a great spot-up three-point shooter, and he has shot over 38% from beyond the arc throughout his career.

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Mills had won the bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Kevin Durant had spotted him in the medal ceremony. Mills and KD were teammates at the Brooklyn Nets and he congratulated him. He also threw a warning to Ime Udoka, who was the assistant coach of Team USA and the head coach of the Boston Celtics. Durant said that there would be problems for the Boston Celtics this year. Udoka cheekily said that they know how to lock Patty Mills up.

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Mills is set to leave Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets to become a free agent

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Mills had been with the Nets for two years and he had a player option for next year. Many expected him to opt in and return to the Nets. But, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Mills is set to decline his option and become an unrestricted free agent. And according to Woj, he had attracted a significant interest but he hasn’t ruled out a return to the Nets.

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This will be a huge blow for the Nets, as Mills is one of their best shooters. The Nets are already nearing their cap space and will have to shell out top dollar to get back Mills. Every team could likely use a shooter like Mills and he will surely get offers from around the league. It will be interesting to see if the Nets bring back the player who was supposed to give the Celtics trouble or let him walk for free to another team.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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