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Patrick Patterson Exercises $5.7M Player Option

Patrick Patterson Exercises $5.7M Player Option

OKLAHOMA CITY — Patrick Patterson has exercised his $5.7 million dollar player option for the 2019-20 season. This will keep him on the roster moving forward for at least one more year unless he is packaged in a trade. This was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

This comes as no surprise. Patterson appeared in 64 games this season for the Oklahoma City Thunder and was a DNP-CD in 16 games and all five of the Thunder’s playoff games against the Portland Trailblazers. After starting the first three games of the year (all losses), Billy Donovan inserted Jerami Grant for Patterson into the starting lineup for the remainder of the season.

Patterson averaged 13.7 minutes a game in 2018-19, but averaged only three minutes in six appearances after Oklahoma City added Markieff Morris on February 14th.

“I was well aware of what was going to happen,” Patterson said during his exit interview. “I understood the decision was made to acquire Kieff (Morris). Only thing that could ruin the team was me acting negatively about it. So I tried my best to just remain a true professional.”

“As of right now, I feel happy here,” Patterson added. “I enjoy my teammates. I enjoy the city, great program, great organization here. As of right now, I’m feeling a positive situation and in a good place.”

Sam Presti said he expected him to be back during his exit interview and expressed regret with how he was handled this season.

“The backup 4,” Presti said. “Coming into the year, I thought Patterson, he was starting for a little bit, and then obviously JG took over that spot. But he’s been a 35 to 40 three-point shooter. If he’s back, which I’d expect him to be, maybe we need to ride that out a little bit longer and rely on him to shoot his career averages, which he has done even the year before.”

 

 

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