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Report: OKC and Patrick Patterson Agree to a Buyout

Report: OKC and Patrick Patterson Agree to a Buyout

OKLAHOMA CITY — Patrick Patterson has reportedly agreed to a buyout with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Once his $5.7 million salary clears waivers, Patterson intends to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. This was first revealed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

This agreement ends what can fairly be described as a disappointing two-year partnership between Patterson and the Thunder. Patterson initially signed a three-year deal back in the summer of 2017. The third year was a player option, which he opted into back in May. 

Patterson dealt with some nagging injuries here and there but was never the player Oklahoma City envisioned as a floor-spacing power forward. In the three years prior to signing with the Thunder, Patterson averaged around 25 minutes per game. In his two years with OKC, Patterson barely registered over 15 minutes. 

Patterson averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in his two years with the Thunder.

After appearing in every game during his first year with the Thunder in 2017-18, Patterson’s role was significantly cut down in 2018-19. He started the first three games of the year before Billy Donovan switched to Jerami Grant for good. Patterson did not play in 19 of the final 26 games of the season and didn’t see the floor during the first-round loss to the Portland Trailblazers.

It could have been a case of a bad fit. Patterson’s age and injuries did not necessarily fit with the fast-paced athletic identity the Thunder played with under Russell Westbrook’s leadership. Perhaps a change of scenery and a slightly different role on a slower paced team can bring the most out of the nine-year veteran.

The terms of the buyout have yet to be disclosed. Prior to the buyout, Oklahoma City stood around $4 million over the tax line. Until the buyout is revealed, the exact standing of the Thunder’s finances won’t be known. Oklahoma City will still be over the tax if Patterson only gives up the vet-minimum. OKC still has until next summer to get below the tax line if they desire. 

This leaves the Thunder with 13 players on their roster not including current two-way contract Luguentz Dort. Former two-way player Donte Grantham was recently waived by the Thunder.

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

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Brady has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016. University of Oklahoma alum class of 2014. He has worked for the Franchise since April 2018. Co-Host of the OKC-82 Podcast. Member of the Basketball Insider's Show.

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