Lewis: Patty Mills opts out of player option, becomes free agent

Brian Lewis reports that Patty Mills, who had a $6.2 million player option, has opted out and will become a free agent on Friday. Mills had until 5 p.m. ET to make his decision.

Mills will now become a free agent. The Nets will be able to re-sign Mills with Brooklyn outside the cap but there are limits, as Bobby Marks tweeted…

It’s unclear if the Nets are considering re-signing or who their competitors might be.

The 33-year-old was the only Net to win a post-season award. He was the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy, the NBA Sportsmanship Award which honors a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court. It is voted for by NBA players.

The 33-year-old Australian had his best year statistically, with career highs in starts (48), minutes (2,346), field goals (324), 3-pointers (227) and points (923). He also played in all but one game, marking the fifth time in the past seven seasons that he has played 81 or more games. However, as the season progressed and he was forced to play more minutes with Kyrie Irving unavailable and Joe Harris injured, his production slowed considerably.

As expected, Irving opted for his $36.5 million contract.