OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed former 2017 first-round pick Justin Patton. The Chicago Bulls originally drafted him out of Creighton University, where he spent one year during the 2016-17 season.
The seven-foot center has only appeared in only four games over the last two seasons. Injuries to both feet. He injured his left foot during the preseason of his rookie season. He underwent surgery to repair it.
He averaged 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game. He has appeared in 49 G League games (30 starts) in two seasons and averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.49 blocks and 1.00 steal in 22.1 minutes per game.
With the addition of Patton, OKC’s roster now sits at 14. The NBA requires teams to at least go into a season with 14 players on the roster. The Thunder have typically gone with 14 players over recent years in order to leave the possibility of adding a player for the maximum 15 at a later date.
OKC is now back over the luxury tax line. The deal has been reported by ESPN’s Royce Young as $5.3 million over three years. Patton is only guaranteed $700 thousand for the upcoming year. The Thunder are only $921 thousand over the tax line. They have all year to get under it if they so choose.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports