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Patty Mills eyes mega-deal after NBA triumph

Patty Mills celebrates the NBA title win.

Patty Mills celebrates the NBA title win. Photo: Getty Images

Patty Mills' NBA championship blitz has launched him on to the recruitment radar of some of the leagues' biggest teams, linking the Canberra basketballer to a massive pay rise and a move to the New York Knicks.

Mills helped lift the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA title, scoring 17 points in 17 minutes on the court to beat the Miami Heat 104-87.

Mills is expected to test the market as an NBA free agent and is set to sign the biggest contract of his career with Australian great Shane Heal predicting the 25-year-old could earn a $5 million deal.

But Mills is focused on basking in championship glory with "my best mates" at the Spurs.

"Nothing beats this moment ... [San Antonio] is a great place to be, I can't think or process anything else right now," Mills told San Antonio Express.

"These guys have become my best mates, I've learnt in my time in the NBA that you have to look at options to make a logical decision. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."

Mills and his Spurs teammates were getting ready for a party parade through the middle of San Antonio on Thursday.

His future and any potential deals are the furthest thing from his mind while he soaks up the excitement of becoming the first indigenous Australian to win an NBA title.

Mills' $1.2 million Spurs contract ended after the championship win and he is already touted as one of the hottest point guard prospects in the free agent market.

Mills' dad Benny said he was in tears as his son went on a third-quarter scoring rampage in the championship match, watching on from the stands as he scored 14 points in a blistering seven minutes, including four three-pointers.

Benny then handed Mills a Torres Strait Island flag after the final buzzer as a tribute to the family's heritage, with the footage and images of Mills draped in the flag beamed to millions around the world.

The players, family and friends were then whisked away from photos dinner at a San Antonio restaurant.

"It's still surreal and all of those things that come with it, I can't describe it all," Benny said on Tuesday.

"It was wild afterwards, there were flags, champagne and lights going off everywhere. The players were at the stadium for a long time, then we got a photo with the trophy as a family. We're still buzzing with excitement.

"It still hasn't sunk in. I got the message from Patrick that the team was intent on getting it done."

One of the proudest aspects of Mills' triumph is the awareness he created for his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage.

Mills' mum Yvonne was part of the stolen generations, Benny is a Torres Strait Islander and uncle Danny Morseu was the first indigenous Australian to represent Australia in basketball at an Olympic Games. All were in the stands as Mills sealed the Spurs championship.

"There were tears, even before the end of the game. To see him making a difference in the game ... that brought up a lot of emotions for us and the friends around us, they were in tears," Benny said.

"It was Father's Day in America. It was the best Father's Day present ever. It was a special moment. We took the flag with us, the Australian flag in the stand as well.

"He's flown the flag at Olympics as well ... it puts a focus on the culture. He wants to promote that so that he can be an inspiration for everyone else, kids, families, aunts and uncles. It's the pride of his culture, it was not just Torres Strait Island, it was indigenous Australians as well."

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