Patty Mills Future Still Unclear
Australian NBA star Patty Mills has moved to deny speculation that he is about to make a move to Turkey after media reports surfaced that he had made a deal with Turkish basketball club Anadolu Efes.
Many NBA players are seeking overseas deals in the wake of the NBA lockout, and it had been reported that Mills had signed a contract to play in Turkey, however the young point guard has moved to quell any rumours surrounding his immediate playing future.
“I want to make it clear that I have not signed with any team in Turkey,” Mills said.
“I have received offers from teams but I have not come to any agreements with any of the teams there.”
While confirming no deal has been done yet, Mills also said that he was exploring overseas options in case the NBA lockout was prolonged.
“My intention during this lockout is to look at offers from Europe and Australia,” he said.
“I’ve made no decision where I’m going to play during the lockout as of yet, but I’m looking to come close to a decision in the next few weeks.
“All these rumours with the lockout are obviously going on but my main focus at the moment is with the Boomers and in preparation for the New Zealand series.”
The fact that Mills has not closed the door on making a temporary return to the NBL should come as good news to Australian Basketball officials, who since the lockout began have indicated that they would be willing to assist clubs financially to bring any Australians who are locked out of the NBA back to Australia.
The NBA had moved to stop contracted players from heading overseas during the lockout however the International Basketball Federation has ruled that players are allowed to play in different leagues however they must return when the strike is over.
Wherever Mills ends up the chances are he could be there for a while. Some American basketball pundits are predicting that the lockout will last long enough for the entire 2011/12 season to be cancelled after the NBA moved to launch legal action against the players over the work stoppage.
In other basketball news, an understrength Boomers squad has gone down to Angola in the final of the Stankovic Cup.
The Boomers had defeated Angola just two days earlier, however after the African nation jumped out to 26-8 lead at quarter time, the Boomers were never really in the contest.
Mark Worthington top scored for Australia with 11 points, while Luke Shenscher, Hugh Greenwood and Jesse Wagstaff all had ten points. Carlos Morais was the standout for Angola with 26 points including six three pointers.
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