NBA: Australian Patty Mills axed by the Atlanta Hawks

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Veteran Australian NBA star Patty Mills has been axed by the Atlanta Hawks and is without a team months out from the Paris Olympics where he will lead the Boomers in the quest for another medal.

Mills was waved by the Hawks a day before the NBA’s March 1 buyout deadline, giving him the chance to sign with another team.

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The 35-year-old, who steered the Boomers to a historic bronze medal in Tokyo, has played in just 19 of Atlanta’s 58 games so far this season.

He arrived at the Hawks after trades from Brooklyn to Houston, Oklahoma City and then the Hawks during a wild off-season last year.

Mills’s uncertain future comes amid other issues for the Boomers in the NBA with New Orleans’s Dyson Daniels facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a knee injury and Dante Exum just returning to the court after injuries slowed his return in Dallas.

Mills has played 15 seasons in the NBA for a total of 879 career games, including a decade at the San Antonio Spurs and he maintains a close relationship with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Former Boomers coach Brett Brown and Mills’s ex-Australian teammate Matt Nielsen are now both assistants on the San Antonio bench also.


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