17. PG Patty Mills: Age 28
The Australian has turned himself into arguably the top backup point guard in the league, and certainly the most coveted point guard coming off of the bench. Mills is dynamic as a scorer. Not only can he blow past perimeter defenders, but he can also stroke it well from three — as evidenced by a 41.3-percent clip last season.
As mentioned above, San Antonio is in a tough position. There’s no guarantee that Tony Parker will return healthy (if at all). Second-year guard Dejounte Murray will be joined by this year’s first-round pick Derrick White. If the Spurs feel like they’ve got a good shot at Paul, they’ll let Mills walk.
Verdict: With ample cap space, the Indiana Pacers will sign Mills to fortify their point guard situation. Jeff Teague will be playing elsewhere in 2017.
16. PG Derrick Rose: Age 28
Rose is not the player he once was. Multiple leg injuries has left the Chicago native without the explosiveness he once had. With that said, he’s far from being finished. This past season, Rose averaged 18.0 PPG, 4.4 APG, and shot 47.1-percent from the field.
There’s a team hoping he’ll command a salary below the likes of George Hill, Jrue Holiday, and Jeff Teague. San Antonio would love to add Paul, but a bloated cap situation makes this scenario unlikely (barring a multitude of cap-clearing moves). The Spurs may be able to get Rose at a discount of sorts. Plus…is there a better coach than Gregg Popovich in terms of managing injury history? Rose will enter a fantastic culture — and thus a situation with little to no pressure.
Verdict: Rose signs with San Antonio.
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