Boomers coach Goorjian backs Spurs returns for Patty Mills

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Australian Boomers coach Brian Gurjian would love to Patty Mills To return to San Antonio and link up with the No. 1 draft pick Victor Wembanyama.

Mills was traded three times in a span of 10 days in July — crazy even by NBA standards — and there’s no guarantee the merry-go-round is over.

After going from the Brooklyn Nets to the Houston Rockets to Oklahoma, Mills is now with the Atlanta Hawks.

Gurzian would love to see one final trade — Mills sent to the Spurs.

Mills spent a decade in San Antonio before joining the Nets in 2021.

The point guard was a beloved figure on the Spurs, helping them win the title in 2014.

Gregg Popovich, Mills’ former coach, is still leading the Spurs.

Adding to the romance, former Boomers coach Brett Brown is an assistant there, as is Mills’ former Boomers teammate Matt Nielsen.

“I would love to see him back in San Antonio and finish his career there,” Gurjian told AAP.

“I’m sure it’s something she’ll love too. You’re always good when you’re happy.”

“I know he loves San Antonio. I know he loves Coach Pop. He also has a real connection with Matty and Brett.

“I think Patty’s is a part of San Antonio that’s missing.”

“They’re in a build there. Victor’s coming in, they’re trying to build.

“And to have a guy like Patty — he’s unique. He still is.”

The Spurs finished last in the Western Conference last season with a 22-60 record.

But the arrival of 224cm Frenchman Wembanyama with the No.1 pick means Spurs will be a big-ticket attraction this season.

“I don’t think we’ve seen anything like that before for a guy in the NBA, something that moves like that,” Gurjian said of the athletic 19-year-old.

“Some of the distortion, his balance — he’s so composed and fluid.

“And obviously he was their best player defensively (in the preseason).”

Although Mill is 35, Gurjian believes the Australian is still at the peak of his powers.

“He didn’t lose anything physically,” Gurjian said.

“For me age is relevant to him. He hasn’t lost a step as far as speed goes. The things he did with us when he was with Spurs on the way to the Boomers are still in his repertoire.”

“(And mentally), he doesn’t have a dings about what’s happened in the last year.

“He knows he can still play. He’s incredible at putting in the work and honing his skills.

“He doesn’t miss a workout, he eats right, he’s always prepared.

“Last year he came to our Boomers camp leading the world [World Cup]And he didn’t play for Brooklyn at all.

“He walked into camp and there was nobody fitter. He was right.”

The NBA season tips off Wednesday morning (AEDT) with the Los Angeles Lakers taking on defending champion Denver.

Watch the 2023/24 NBA season on ESPN and the ESPN app.

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