Free agent point guard Patty Mills has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is expected to miss seven months, reports The Canberra Times, via the Sydney Morning Times in Australia.
According to the report, Mills played with the injury last season with the San Antonio Spurs.
Mills, 25, was a key contributor in the playoffs and in the Spurs' five-game rout of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, especially during the last two victories when he scored 14 points in Game 4 and 17 points, including 5-8 from 3-point land, in the Spurs’ Game 5 clincher.
For the season, Mills averaged 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in almost 19 minutes per contest. Mills was expected to receive a big pay raise after making $1.3 million last season.
"I haven't been through free-agency before, having this injury changes everything again," Mills told Fairfax Media.
"I have no idea how it works, but I'm guessing it will affect [my next deal]. But it's out of my hands. It is what it is. We've got to make the most of the situation and move on."