The Spurs will be without an starting point guard at the beginning of training camp, Tony Parker will likely be out until February with an leg injury. In the competitive Western Conference, the Spurs can’t afford a slow start early in the season, Mills is a veteran that could run the team. His shooting and speed on the perimeter is an asset for the Spurs that they may not find anywhere else in free agency. The contract of 4 yrs/50 million may seem steep to some but it is a bargain in today’s league--the off season has already seen deals reach record heights money wise.
2) Dejounte Murray:
Murray is having a hard-working off season but he is still a rather large question mark. There is no guarantee that he will be even capable of playing heavy minutes next season. Mills is more proven than the young player and is guaranteed to be able to hold fort at least until Parker recovers. If Murray does prove to be a "player" and contributes next season, Mill's guidance will be important for the youngster. Mill's leadership will be important for the Spurs next season and he can help build up Murray. Murray’s confidence will be the major factor for the Spurs and could boost their season overall.
1) Bench Spark:
The Spurs bench has been a haven for Mills and he has played his role off it very well. The Spurs are desperate for some scoring off the bench, especially since they do not know for sure if Manu Ginobili will retire or not. Mills long distance shooting has always been an asset and the Spurs will still need that from him even more next season. He shot around 40% from three last season and the three-point shot has become so crucial to the NBA game these days.