Thunder Agree To Terms With Forward Patrick Patterson

By Randy Renner, Senior Writer

The Thunder may have solved their power forward problem agreeing to terms with 7-year veteran Patrick Patterson.

OKC is still probably a bit thin at the position having traded away Domas Sabonis and lost Taj Gibson in free agency but Patterson is a quality player at a surprising affordable price.

Patterson earned $6 million last season playing for the Toronto Raptors but agreed to a deal with the Thunder that will pay him just under $5.2 million this season and a total of about $16.35 million over three years.

The Thunder had hoping to get Rudy Gay and play him as a Stretch-4 but Gay turned down a player option for this coming season with the Kings that would have paid him a bit more than $14 million so getting him to agree to significantly less had been a big stumbling block.

Patterson may end up being a pretty good compromise between Gay and Gibson. He's of course not nearly the scorer Gay is but he's a better defender. At 6-9, 230, he's able to switch onto small forwards and even some shooting guards.

He's also become a pretty solid 3-point shooter, something Gibson never did. 

Patterson is a career 36.8 percent shooter overall from deep and even better (40 percent) on the ever popular corner-3. This past season he was better than his career averages shooting 37.2 percent overall on threes and 41.2 percent on shots from the corner according to statistics from

And since Patterson agreed to the taxpayer mid-level exception, instead of the non-taxpayer MLE which would have been worth about $3 million more to him each year but which would have also hard capped the Thunder at $125.6 million, OKC should now be able to re-sign restricted free agent Andre Roberson.

The Thunder aren't across the luxury tax line yet but certainly will be if they re-sign Roberson and then there's still the matter of getting 1st round draft pick Terrance Ferguson signed and the Thunder are also believed to still be in the market for a backup point guard.




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