From Blazer’s Edge:
Patty Mills has been released by Xinjiang of China Basketball Associastion, source tells Y! Sports. He’s been out 10 days with hamstring injury. Mills wants to return to the Trail Blazers, but it’s unclear if he can obtain a FIBA letter of clearance to play before March, source says.
Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan said Tuesday night that he “can’t comment at this point” in response to a question gauging Portland’s interest in Mills.
Portland’s roster is currently maxed out, so re-acquiring Mills would require a player to be waived or traded. The Blazers currently have three point guards on the roster — Raymond Felton, Nolan Smith, Armon Johnson — plus guard Jamal Crawford who sees time at both guard positions. Johnson has been listed as inactive for roster purposes for all of Portland’s games so far this season.”
A huge blow for Patty if he’s kept out until March, so fingers crossed that the clearance comes through – I can’t see why it wouldn’t if he was in fact released due to the injury, as the story reports.
A return to Portland seems unlikely, but that’s probably a good thing because he doesn’t appear to factor into their long term plans. Just casting an eye around the league, teams such as Orlando, Washington, the Lakers and Minnesota (just kidding) could use a back-up point guard like Patty, so perhaps they’re an option.
But stay tuned, we’ll give you more details as they arise.