The Portland Trail Blazers have renounced their rights to Patty Mills
, clearing the way for him to sign with another NBA team.
Already, reports are surfacing that Mills will sign a deal with San Antonio.
Mills was a restricted free agent with the Blazers. He played overseas during the NBA lockout, first in his native Australia, then with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Because his Chinese contract forbade him from signing with another team before that league's season ended, Mills was not able to re-enter the NBA immediately after leaving the Flying Tigers in January. Mills did not receive a release from FIBA -- the worldwide governing body of basketball -- until after March 1, the deadline for which restricted free agents could sign offer sheets this season.
That left Mills at the Blazers' mercy. The only way he could join another NBA team this season was for Portland to renounce its rights to him, which it did Saturday.