Brooklyn Nets adding Patty Mills, retaining Bruce Brown, agents say

Brooklyn Nets have signed a qualifying offer and Patty Mills is now a free agent guard. Bruce Brown will remain a restricted free agent guard.Mills agreed to a $12 million, two-year deal with the Nets. His agent Steven Heumann, CAA Basketball, informed ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal also includes a player option.Ty Sullivan, an agent for CAA Basketball, said that Brown is currently signing his $4.7 million qualifying offer to return to the Nets.Brown could be an unrestricted, free agent next year.Wojnarowski was also informed by Mark Bartelstein, Priority Sports' agent, that the Nets had agreed to a one year deal with James Johnson, their free agent.Mills, 32 years old, completed his 10th season in 2020-21 with the San Antonio Spurs after having spent his first two NBA seasons at Portland. Mills joined the Spurs in 2005 and has been a valuable veteran presence on the bench as well as in a bench position since then.Mills averaged 10.8 point per game last year. Mills has been a constant threat over the last four seasons, scoring an average of 10.5 points per game.Mills made a record 161 3-pointers in 2020-21 and has been making at least 150 3s each year for the past four seasons.At the Tokyo Olympics, the Australian is leading his national team.Brown was a second-round pick in a deal with Detroit Pistons prior to last season. He played an important role as someone who filled in the gaps for the star-studded Nets.Brown, who will be 25 this month, is listed at 6-foot-4 and listed as a guard. He started 37 games as a small forward, and was often used on offense as a screen-and roller.Brown excelled in this role. He averaged 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists, while shooting 55.6% from behind the arc.Johnson, 34, averaged just 7.2 points per game and 3.5 rebounds last season for the Dallas Mavericks (New Orleans Pelicans) and averaged 3.2 rebounds.This report was contributed by Andrew Lopez, ESPN.