Danny Mills has joined the Perth Wildcats in a newly created role as general manager of basketball operations, after spending seven years with US franchise Philadelphia 76ers.
Mr Mills will oversee recruitment, talent identification, and player pathway strategy and development in his new role, having previously been a member of the Perth Wildcats’ training squad between 2002 and 2003.
Born and raised in Perth, Mr Mills played in juniors for both Wanneroo Wolves and Willetton Tigers.
He was a representative of the WA state and Australian junior national teams, as well as an AIS scholarship holder in 2002.
Mr Mills was also an assistant coach at Italy’s Orlandina Basket for two years.
He joins the Wildcats from the Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent seven years working in various scouting positions including as a director since December.
Mr Mills will return to Perth in the coming weeks after living in Michigan for five years.
“From growing up in Perth as a Wildcats fan, leaving home to go play college basketball in the States, and coaching overseas to then work in the NBA for seven years and now coming home to a club like the Wildcats in this role is humbling,” he said.
“It's a dream come true and an honor to lead the basketball operations of the Perth Wildcats and I take that responsibility incredibly seriously."
Mr Mills said he could bring significant value to the club from his vast network of connections.
“In addition, having a deep understanding of the global basketball marketplace, staying ahead of the curve with regards to the way the game in trending, and a fluency in how basketball players around the world can translate to the NBL will only aid our efforts in building the most sustainable model of success in Australia,” Mr Mills said.
“Danny has a high basketball IQ and is incredibly well respected within the basketball industry, and his relationships with clubs, players and agents around the world is second to none.
“He is also a home-grown Perth boy, so it’s wonderful to be able to have him return home and help further strengthen our basketball department.”
Mr Georgiu said the appointment would position the Wildcats at the forefront of recruiting.
Mr Mills joins the club ahead of the 2021-22 season.
Today's announcement comes about a month after long-time Wildcats owner Jack Bendat agreed to sell the club to ASX-listed Sports Entertainment Group for $8.5 million.
The deal is subject to final approval from the NBL, which was expected on July 30.