2. Patty Mills, Brooklyn Nets
Mills already has his championship ring thanks to his time with the Spurs and has made generational money in the NBA. At this point, the biggest paycheck might be what appeals to him the most. Toronto has some cash to play with, and they could offer him a role as Fred VanVleet’s backup.
Mills averaged a career-best 11.4 points per game while nailing 40% of his 3-point attempts. Toronto could cross their fingers and hope that Malachi Flynn suddenly gets his efficiency problems sorted out. However, going after a proven scorer like Mills may be a more reliable ticket to success.
Patty Mills has the offensive skills the Toronto Raptors need.
Mills is as consistent as the day is long, and his newfound offensive wizardry is a big reason that the Nets stayed respectable despite injuries hurting every member of the roster. Ending the Flynn experiment could be challenging, but Toronto might need to rip that Band-Aid off dramatically.
Mills brings with him multiple careers worth of postseason experience, making him someone that can be trusted to perform when the chips are down. The Raptors can’t afford to grind Fred VanVleet into dust with an expansive workload, so getting a solid backup like Mills is essential.