According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder have completed a free agent deal with stretch-forward Patrick Patterson. Patterson will be garnering $16.4 million over three years.
Free agent forward Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $16.4M deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2017
The deal will include a player option in the third year. Patterson is expected to start at the power forward position with the recent departures of Domantas Sabonis and Taj Gibson.
Netting a player of Patterson’s caliber for just under $5.5 million per year is tremendous value for Sam Presti and the Thunder. Despite the value, Patterson is the biggest open market signing in Thunder history. With this signing, Presti has improved on an already widely-regarded stellar offseason.
Patterson’s versatile skillset should complement the Thunder system well. He’s a rangy shooter, a heady player, and a versatile defender. Although a bit undersized, Patterson makes up for that through sheer force of will. Plus, Patterson doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. With Paul George joining the Thunder, that will be an enormous asset.
Next on Sam Presti’s offseason grocery list will be re-signing Andre Roberson. It seems pretty clear that the Thunder are willing to match any offer. Will a team overpay for Kanter just to toy with the Thunder, a la Portland with Enes Kanter?