NBA: Down seven key players, Trail Blazers recall Mills from D-League
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled rookie guard Patrick Mills from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede.
Mills was assigned to the Stampede on Dec. 29, and had 38 points and 12 assists in his debut on New Year’s Day. He scored 22 points against the Reno Bighorns on Sunday, and his put-back with 1.2 seconds left gave the Stampede a 109-108 win.
The Trail Blazers announced the move late Sunday on their Web site.
Mills, who broke his right foot during practice for the NBA Summer League, was the No. 55 overall pick in the 2009 draft after a standout career at St. Mary’s. He’s expected to join the Trail Blazers in time for Monday’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Trail Blazers are without seven key players.
Centers Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla are both out for the year with knee injuries that required surgery. Top reserve Travis Outlaw will be out for most of the year after suffering a broken foot. Last year's starter at small forward Nicolas Batum has missed the entire season so far after preseason shoulder surgery. Another reserve scorer Rudy Fernandez hasn't played since undergoing back surgery.
LaMarcus Aldridge (sprained ankle) and Steve Blake (pneumonia) also have missed the previous games and did not travel to Los Angeles for today's game.